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    Folks, this Deardorff is a bargain.
    "One of the painful things about our time is that those who feel certainty are stupid,
    and those with any imagination and understanding are filled with doubt and indecision"

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    Quote Originally Posted by reggie
    If you can afford it, buy the Deardorff. I personally don't think the Wisner's are built nearly as well nor as precise as the Deardorf. If you end up paying $400 more or so, believe me in a few years you'll have long forgotten about that extra few dollars. You can also wait a little for a used Canham to show up on eBay. I've owned one for over 15 years now and it has never failed me. Haven't tried a Wehman, but I did own a KMV for several years and I really liked it except for the short (28") of bellows draw. The Canham has 36" and that makes a big difference.

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    The Wehman Bellows Draw is 30"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Hoskinson
    The Wehman Bellows Draw is 30"
    That's a little better than the KMV, but when you reach the limit of the bellows, it restricts your camera movements. I have run into this problem with the KMV (but rarely). I've only seen pictures of the Wehman but it looks like a nice camera built with usability and functionality as the primary goals.

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    go for the deardorff, and you should see if you can
    get one of those - tim conway video's.
    he golfs, he auto races, he is in the olympics, i am sure he does LF. ...

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    The seller lowered the price nearly 500 bucks on the Wisner camera. Surly the better deal now. Was a better deal even before he lowered the price.

    That Deardorff sold for nearly $2,600.00. That is the most I've seen a Deardorff go for on an Ebay auction.

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    Thanks for the comments. I've never even seen a picture of a Wehman so I'll be checking that brand out.
    "A certain amount of contempt for the material employed to express an idea is indispensable to the purest realization of this idea." Man Ray

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    I've owned two Deardorffs, they're great cameras. I haven't kept up with their current pricing but based on what I paid for my second one which was absolutely mint, I think the winning bid of $2500 was very high. I think I paid $1800 on ebay. But that was a couple years ago, maybe the going price has increased since then. The Expedition would be very tempting though, especially if it weighs significantly less than the Deardorff's 12 lbs and especially if ended up at say $2000 to $2500. I'd have to investigate the specs of the Wisner, do some research, etc. before I could say which I'd buy but assuming the Wisner doesn't get beyond $2500 I'd probably go for it.

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    Ryan,

    Yup, it's a pretty nice looking Dorff 8x10 alright! I think the seller will be very, very pleased with the price...

    That's what the market bears! So, why not?

    As for the Wisner... personally speaking, I'd still hang on for another Dorff (for all the reasons in my posting above) even though the price has been dropped!

    FWIW, there's just a little intangible "something" about shooting with a piece of photographic history (not the be all, end all but... )

    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Capocheny
    Ryan,

    FWIW, there's just a little intangible "something" about shooting with a piece of photographic history (not the be all, end all but... )

    Cheers
    Sure is, but my back didn`t agree, so I got the Wehman instead of something old and historic...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Changeling1
    Thanks for the comments. I've never even seen a picture of a Wehman so I'll be checking that brand out.
    http://www.wehmancamera.com/
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