I strongly recommend you take a peek at the Wehman 8x10 field camera. I have one and am very happy with it. It is light, sturdy, and very compact. A unique feature of this camera is that the bed extension is also used to cover the ground glass when folded. Weight < 9 lb, bellows ~ 30", and they run for $US 1850.
The 2006 version seems to be even more rigid than the previous models:
Please feel free to pm me if you have specific questions.
I have noticed; but last I heard the camera was still available. Lack of updates can also mean slow sales...
Originally Posted by Ian Grant
-- Ole Tjugen, Luddite Elitist
Thanks for replies - from a web survey (including British and American e-bay), the camera I liked best was indeed the secondhand Gandolfi Variant on the maker's site. I looked at this and found that it comes in 2 versions, made for Linhof Technika and Sinar lens boards respectively. The one on offer is for Linhof, whereas my big lenses are on (and need) Sinar panels. I am trying to avoid working with an f9 standard lens. Must keep looking - the Ansco Ian suggested looks good, too, but is obviously not easy to find.
Consider yourself lucky, I can tell you from personal experience that you need the Sinar front standard even with smaller lenses. I have the Gandolfi Variant II with the tecnika standard and it is a PITA. If you use more than an inch of movement you get bellows vigneting. Do yourself a favor and actually use a Variant before buying it. I bought mine new and there are many things I dont like, but then at the time it was the only one I could afford new......
Originally Posted by David H. Bebbington
8x10 for field use
I have an ARCA and a Canam 8x10. The canham is my favorite, as I find the
folder easier to use and, to tell the truth, I grew up with folders.
If you are going to do arcitectural or landscapes that require a bit of rear swing, I would go with the ARCA, since you can really have movements with it,
front shift, rear shift , swing and shift, etc.
There is a recent thread about asymmetrical focusing I put up that should be informative.
bottom line: it ain't the camera that produces good work. Edward Weston worked with equipment we would turn our nose up at.
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Ask Eddie what he'd charge to change the front standard...
Nice to be in contact again.
Personally I'd back a Precision (sorry, now Traditional, I think) over a Variant, and as you may remember, I've used both.
I had a Nikon 150 SW, obviously it did no fit through the front standard, so I asked the guy who runs Gandolfi how much to send me the Sinar front standard, not change it for me! He wanted a ridiculous amount of money and getting the info was like pulling teeth. The traditional is a nice camera but too expensive IMO compared to a Canham or Wisner (if he is still in bussiness).
Originally Posted by Roger Hicks
Another vote for the Wehman. I like mine a lot, and Bruce Wehman is a great guy to deal with!
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Everything is analog - even digital :D
David - have you thought about actually giving your Sinar a whirl, to see how much of an inconvenience it would really be? With almost all of the 8x10 "field" models with larger boards, you'll face different sets of trade-offs.
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That's odd. I've always found Eddie very easy to deal with. I obviously can't deny your experience. But much as I like both Keith Canham and Ron Wisner I still think a Gandolfi is far from overpriced. That's not to denigrate the opposition: just to say that I like Gandolfis better. My dream LF camera is a whole-plate Gandolfi Precision/Traditional chassis with a 5x7 inch/13x18cm/half plate back.