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    ...and I don't take Paypal but money orders or cash will be fine...

    After reading what I posted it looked like I was spending too much time on eBay. It's not for sale because I made it and there is personal value there. Of course I could make them better today with more experience and a great shop to do it. I am going to make a couple of 5x7's like the Hardin cameras. I have the hardware already and a new 5x7 Canham bellows .

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    WWII vintage Asanuma & Co. King I w/ 4x5 and 5x7 backs (originally 1/2 plate) and Schneider-Krauznach Symmar 1:5.6 210mm/ 1:12 370mm on tripod plate w/ dual spirit levels. Bellows by Mark Kapono.

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    Here's me and the 11x14" American Optical, courtesy of Don Ciccone from the LF gathering in Central Park a couple of months ago. And those tripod legs (not the head) now belong to Kerik Kouklis.
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    Anyone notice the design of the front standard? Some have the support in front like I did and some have the support in back like the Tachi. I noticed the Titan has the support in front and the AO of David's is in back as are the Deardorf cameras. The drawback of the front support is it puts the lens plane back further but it folds without turning the lens holder of the standard. Mine doesn't have lens tilt, only front base tilt. I could have designed lens tilt though. The Tachi. and the Shen have these two different designs. It probably doesn't make much difference but it's there for some reason, I could never find anyone who could clearly define it. With a larger camera the "support" of the front support make a lot of sense, that is, having it in back. The front support can pull up on the front plate if the front plate is made thin but with a lens it is balanced out with the weight on the support. Any ideas on the design of the front of these cameras?
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    The American Optical has front axis tilts, which it needs to fold with the bracket behind the standard, but then it's nice to have axis tilts. It also has front rise/fall, geared rear swing, and rear base tilts, geared front focus, and the back slides forward for wide lenses.

    I think the bellows was originally 24", and the last owner put a longer bellows on--about 28", and that one fell apart (it seemed like someone's bad experiment in bellowsmaking), so I ordered a new one from Camera Bellows UK that's 38", so it can use the full extension of the camera and still have some room for movements.

    The camera is quite light--15 lbs, as compared with 30 lbs for a Wisner 11x14"--but this is at the expense of rigidity. The base is really too thin, but I've been thinking about ways to strengthen it.
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    Ok, just happened to have a new one...

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    In the US where is the best place to buy a ShenHao camera? Anyone take one to Italy and really use it and what lenses did you take and how many film holders?
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    Badger Graphic and The View Camera Store carry Shen-Hao.
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    Which one? Does Badger Graphic advertise here, I know the View Camera store does. I suppose it doesn't make much difference. The Tachihara is really a beautiful camera by the way. It has come a long long way since the first ones. It's tempting because of the weight but the features of the Shen Hao and the stability have an edge. I was giving some thought to making a 5x7 extension back for the Shen Hao also and because it is a bit heavier it might be better suited to the addition. I also like the sliding roll addition that is shown on their web site. There are some very nice possibilities with these cameras for traveling.
    Everytime I find a film or paper that I like, they discontinue it. - Paul Strand - Aperture monograph on Strand

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    Quote Originally Posted by walter23 View Post
    PS, snaggs, did you provide badger with their photo on the intro kit page? I mean, is that first shot your actual camera, or a stock shot of the tachi? That's a good price for a brand new intro kit.
    Yeh I did, the old photo was so knaff and did not do the camera justice. I took that photo of mine and sent it to them.

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