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    Which 8x10 is better?

    Which of these two 8x10" cameras would you buy and why?

    1) The Deardorff
    http://cgi.ebay.com/Rare-Deardorff-8...QQcmdZViewItem
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    2) The Wisner
    http://cgi.ebay.com/8x10-WISNER-EXPE...QQcmdZViewItem

    Thanks in advance.
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    That is one of the cleanest Deardorffs that I've ever seen...however, I think the price is quite high, and for that price, the Wisner is alot better of a deal! You would be much happier with the Wisner and you are getting a better deal if you can get it for the opening price.

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    To be honest, I think they are both overpriced. I have a deardorff and love it and have also used a Wisner which didn't impress me as much. I think Bruce's on eBay has deardorffs for $1500 or so, the one you linked to will probably go to a collector with deep pockets.
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    You could also buy a Wehman 8x10 brand spankin new for 100 dollars cheeper. I've seen the Wehman cameras in person and they are VERY nice and alot more compact and lighter than both those cameras.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ryan McIntosh
    You could also buy a Wehman 8x10 brand spankin new for 100 dollars cheeper. I've seen the Wehman cameras in person and they are VERY nice and alot more compact and lighter than both those cameras.
    I`ll second that. I have a Wehman and couldn`t be happier. His new 2006 model has some improvements over his previous models too...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ryan McIntosh
    You could also buy a Wehman 8x10 brand spankin new for 100 dollars cheeper. I've seen the Wehman cameras in person and they are VERY nice and alot more compact and lighter than both those cameras.
    I agree with Ryan. I own an 8x10 Wehman and I like it a lot.

    http://www.wehmancamera.com/

    I bought my 8x10 Wehman directly from Bruce Wehman and he is a very nice guy to deal with.
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    I would not buy either of them at the beginning bid, they seem to be overpriced and the Dorff is clean, but I would expect about $400 south of this price for a good clean Dorff, the Wisner is iffy, but there are actually quite a few of these around these days as Ron is or was a current manufacture, so I would not pay this amount of money for either of them.

    Good Luck on your quest..

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    If you're not absolutely set on a wood camera, for that kind of money I would go for the Wehman. I got to play with one. They're tough, lighter and have more movements (in general). I love the Deardorff, and that is a BEAUTIFUL one, but even with a rehab mine probably cost about half of that.

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    I think the cow's out of the barn for the auction site. The 'good deals' are fewer and farther between. Some of the auctions that have 'counters' just show how popular these items are getting there, and auction fever sets in and prices get high. I still buy the odd thing there, but I think a lot of it is a bit overpriced now.

    I am seriously thinking of a Wehman. There is a romance about a Deardorff, but the Wehman just seems like a very practical and significant upgrade from my Calumet C1.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wilsonneal
    I think the cow's out of the barn for the auction site. The 'good deals' are fewer and farther between. Some of the auctions that have 'counters' just show how popular these items are getting there, and auction fever sets in and prices get high. I still buy the odd thing there, but I think a lot of it is a bit overpriced now.

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