i shoot architectural photos for work too ...
i use a little toyo cx.
admittedly, it is inexpensive, and it doesnt' have all the bells+whistles as a sinar ...
even though it isn't "top of the line"
it can take a bag bellows, and all sorts of toyo accessories.
if you have LONG lenses you might consider a camera that can take a really long rail --- i use lenses from 65mm - a 210/370.
Second on this. Its light and can be toted around mounted on the tripod with relative ease. I just sold mine (moving to 8x10) but it was used quite successfully with a number of HABS level architectural documentation projects; exteriors, interiors, and entire domestic/landscape documentation. Sinar is great, but it is an expensive overkill outside of the studio...
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I'll second the use of the Sinar Norma for photographing architecture. I used to do a fair amount of commercial work, using the 4x5 size. Then I got an 8x10 back for landscape shooting. Now I have a sizable portion of the Norma system, and a 5x7 back. That is something new and different for me.
Well I'll put my two cents in a SInar F1 with bag bellows In my opinion it's a cut above. Plus the Swing tilt and all movement are a breeze because they show you how with the controls in the back and the ground glass is set up to give help with a wide angle bellows and your choice your in like Flyn whoever he might be
Tristian, not familiar with your camera, but here is what I would recommend to you. Any decent 4x5 with a bag bellows and a good selection of short lenses with center filters if you start using the really tight stuff. The long lenses aren't going to be as important (to me) as are the short ones, which require plenty of coverage and movements at short focal lengths. Best, tim
I'm looking for the best option specifically for specialising in shooting architecture.
Anyone got any ideas?
I'm currently using a hand-made Panfield by Andrew Meintjies.
Anyone else got one or one that beats it?
Build quality and precise yet generous movements are much more important than brand names.
Perhaps I've got a rather crude outlook, but a LF camera isn't much more than an expensive shoe box. Concentrate on your optics instead of cmaera brands. Just go shopping. Read a lot of specs.
The best camera is the one you like - don't worry about the rest of us dummies.
Made by Italians; built in Florence; very specialized for architecture.
- stable shift mechanism with good range (equivalent to front rise)
- rigidity non-pareil
- excellent portability
- Rodenstock & Schneider lenses on helical focus mounts
- lens range from ultrawide (35mm) to normal (150mm)
- 6x7, 6x9 & 4x5 formats on Graflok
- not an all-purpose platform
- you'd have to be very creative to hand hold this and shoot portraits, but ...