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    Equipment for Shooting 5 x 4 transparencies for a first timer.

    OK I have done some 6x6 transparencies and I love them. I would like to try 5x4 transparencies but don't want to spend a fortune - I've just celebrated 25 years of marriage and would like a few more - any suggestions on gear for this at a reasonable price ? I have seen Crown Graphics cheap on e-bay and have also seen the Bulldog DIY camera. I guess the expensive bit is going to be the lens with the latter , I assume a pinhole and chromes don't mix too well. Any ideas ?

    Thanks ; Chris
    Hmm- Wonder if she'd notice if I bought that :)

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    A Crown with a lens and shutter in good working order is a perfectly suitable setup for shooting chromes. If you don't need the rangefinder on the Crown (if it has a rangefinder), there are lots of inexpensive wooden field cameras, or older, heavier monorail cameras, if weight is not the issue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David A. Goldfarb
    What are you photographing?
    I enjoyed photographing local landscapes with my previous chromes, I would not be too concerned about architecture work so the fall and rise is not essential-though I am sure I would want to play with this feature.
    I am also beginning to like studio work and the thought of chromes that size really appeals.
    In the end I just enjoy photography (even though I have lots to learn) and love the look of chromes !

    Thanks for the response; Chris
    Hmm- Wonder if she'd notice if I bought that :)

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    A Crown actually has pretty good rise, but front tilt, which is good for landscapes, is indirect. If by "studio work" you mean still life, then a monorail would be more useful, but it's not as portable as a field camera. If you're doing portraits, then a Crown or a wooden field camera would be plenty. Check out the camera reviews on the main page at lfphoto.info to get a sense of the options.
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    A camera with a bit more tilt is the Burke and James press camera. It is also cheaper.

    A Burke and James or Calumet monorail can be had very cheaply (under US$100).

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    I would recommend a Calumet C400 series or a Toyo/Omega 45 series, both are very inexpensive as far as large format, yes, a bit heavier, but will give you the movements you want for still life and still be usuable in the field for landscape, basically all you need is a light tight box that will hold a film holder and allow you to focus..

    Myself would not do pinhole work on slide film, slides really shine when everything is done right, I think the pinhole concept would detract from what slide film is for.

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    I can hear the collective groan from the other members but here I go again. I am a big fan of Toyo. Look for a Toyo 45D or 45E. They are monorail cameras (great in the studio) but they take down into a backpack for field use very easy. They are good cameras with full movements, parts and accessories are easy to find and the prices are low.
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    I think spending a fortune, and 5x4 trannies sit together quite nicely.
    I have a Crown Graphic and would suggest it is very suitable for this use. Here in England MPP produced a very similar press camera, equally suitable.
    Before you go too far checkout the processing costs if you haven’t already done so. I’m thinking of your marriage too.
    Regards Dave.

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    P.S. Also look for Omega View. Same as toyo just with the omega brand. Several on ebay for under $200.00 USD. And I second checking out prices on film, processing and quality printing. Shooting chromes ain't cheap but I love the thrill of viewing new chromes for the first time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by raucousimages
    P.S. Also look for Omega View. Same as toyo just with the omega brand. Several on ebay for under $200.00 USD. And I second checking out prices on film, processing and quality printing. Shooting chromes ain't cheap but I love the thrill of viewing new chromes for the first time.
    I have to agree 100%, the Omega/Toyo monorails are a great bargin and offer pretty much everything you will get with a much more expensive camera, the one I have has never let me down, still takes great images, one of the best buys I have ever made for a large format camera!

    R.

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