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    Linhof cameras

    I've been using 35mm and MF cameras for some time.
    I'm thinking about getting a LF camera, but honestly I don't know where to start.
    On B&H website I saw several Linhoff cameras: Master technika 2000. master technika 3000 and Master Technika Classic.

    What are the main differences among these cameras?
    What accessories (other than lenses and tripod) I have to obtain in order to use these cameras efficiently?

    Thank you.
    Stan

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    Quote Originally Posted by sbelyaev View Post
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    What accessories (other than lenses and tripod) I have to obtain in order to use these cameras efficiently?
    Cable release, film holders, dark cloth, loupe and light meter.
    A self-made viewing frame might be beneficial in the beginning.

    Christoph

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    The Master Tech Classic has a rangefinder, which is handy for shooting press camera style or for portraits, because it lets you check focus while there's a filmholder in the back. You can also focus with the groundglass.

    The Tech 2000 and 3000 don't have a rangefinder, but they are easier to use with lenses wider than 72mm. The 3000 has a few improvements over the 2000, allowing for faster setup with ultrawide lenses, and additional bed drop for verticals with the widest modern lenses. For lenses 72mm and longer, it operates the same way as the MT Classic, but without the option of rangefinder focus.

    The Tech V has almost all the features of the MT Classic, except for the flap on the top, which is useful for modern lenses of about 72-80mm. If you don't plan to use such a lens, then a Tech V is a better value.
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    Thank you!

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    You might ask yourself why you picked these cameras? They are excellent cameras, but are they the best for what you want to do? Another approach is to define what you want to do, define how you came to that conclusion and then try to figure out what camera best meets those goals. It may well be the Linhofs you picked, another Linhof (which I have), another brand, another format. People here love to give their opinions on all these things. Just the mental exercise may save you a lot of time, money and frustration. Don't ask them how to get the money to buy these items though.

    Good luck.

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    On the scary side, if you plan to look at used equipment, you might also ask about reasonable pricing. Someone over on the LF Forum posted this amazing auction. A $300,000 Linhof in someone's pipe dream.
    http://cgi.ebay.de/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?...MakeTrack=true

    John

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    Oops, a few too many zeros....
    Cheers!

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    Wow. I've been shooting 4x5 through one camera or another since the late '60's. As much as I want a Linhof Master I can't get beyond the breath-taking price. You want to start with this? New???

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    Hey, if there are folks who like new equipment and can afford to help keep these cameras in production, I wouldn't discourage them.

    A new Technika will remain in circulation a lot longer than a top-of-the-line DSLR that costs even more up front.
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