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    Quote Originally Posted by Ole View Post
    I sold the 5x7" Technika when I bought a 5x7" Gandolfi.
    Oh. OK. No questions there.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ole View Post
    Then I got a cheap ($56) Speed Graphic for use with barrel lenses and for hand-held shooting, since the Carbon Infinity isn't that great for either of those two uses.

    The Technika is heavy, and the 5x7" Technika is even heavier. Yet it's still portable - and even hand-holdable as my avatar shows.
    Yeah, but you surely are a direct Viking descendant. I'm speaking as a weakly German female here.

    Antje

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    Unfortunately in a moment of digital stupidity I sold my Master Technika after nearly 30 years of very heavy commercial use. In that time I can't even guess how many sheets went through that camera and how many miles it traveled. The day I sold it the camera was as tight as new and functioned perfectly. It never say a single day in the repair shop. I always said that if I coule only own one camera it would be my Master Technika. Speed graphics are fine but very limited. I still have my original Pacemaker Crown that my dad bought new in 1964 and shortly after gave me. It's still a great camera and has had quite a bit of film through it but given the same hard work as my Technika I would guess it would not be in nearly as nice a condition. The Technika is more a view camera than a press and the Speed / Crown is mostly a press.

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    I have never owned a Technika but I have rented and I do own both a Speed and a Crown, they are very different breeds. I think of the Technika and Horseman as technical cameras, excellent for commerical, industrial work, and the like with features that are not needed for most press work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobby Ironsights View Post
    I just saw one go on ebay for almost 2 thousand dollars....that's dollars, not pesos!

    What am I missing? Isn't this just a metal press camera?
    Sounds a good deal to me, a Techika for under a grand is a steal.

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    Don't forget the " Super Graphic ".

    I just want to throw this into the discussion. Stephen Gandy's just fantastic for stuff like this.

    Linhof Technika Vs Speed Graphic: Both is better.
    http://www.cameraquest.com/techgrap.htm

    Super Graphic: Best Buy in 4x5 Field Cameras.
    http://www.cameraquest.com/supergrp.htm

    Super Graphic Conversion: To a Technical Camera.
    http://www.cameraquest.com/supercov.htm

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    What is that old cliche about quality being remembered long after the price is forgotten.
    2 years ago I picked up a Tech IV, 3 good lenses in shutters, 5 holders and an original linhof aluminium case for around USD1,000. However, the linhof badge was missing from the aluminimum case so I guess that explains the good price!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobby Ironsights View Post
    I just saw one go on ebay for almost 2 thousand dollars....that's dollars, not pesos!

    What am I missing? Isn't this just a metal press camera?

    Just a few quick words: the Linhofs are the uber-LF for the serious, studious types with no wish for automation. They are all heavy, all metal, all precisely machined in the German tradition and matched with a lens, tranny film and an experienced, judgemental eye, the images will come back like nothing else you've seen (but the emphasis is on matching the camera to the subject to the film). The late Tasmanian photographer Peter Dombrovskis (1945-1996) carried a Linhof Master Technika and 3 lenses; his large format work has always been extraordinary to view. It is explained by his knowledge of the environment, choice of subject matter, skill with the camera, interaction with the environment and the common theme of blending atmosphere with full colour saturation provided by Velvia.

    The best camera in the world, heavy, cumbersome but precise, will not take you to the places Dombrovskis called his own; you've got to do the hard yards to bring out the best of the camera, but then pushing it too hard you could well end up like Peter did — dead from a heart attack at 52.
    “The photographer must determine how he wants the finished print to look before he exposes the negative.
    Before releasing the shutter, he must seek 'the flame of recognition,' a sense that the picture would reveal
    the greater mystery of things...more clearly than the eyes see."
    ~Edward Weston, 1922.

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    I have to add to this thread that, in addition to the nearly peerless construction quality of the cameras, Linhof is the company with the best customer service that I have ever experienced, period. I, as the owner of a 20-year-old second-hand Linhof Technorama 617S, and living way out in South Africa, have receive better personalised customer service straight from Linhof in Germany, than what I have ever received from even any local company.

    I have promised myself that, if I were to have the financial means one day, I would go and buy a brand new Technika just to support this wonderful company. You have to experience it to believe it. This counts for something, and is so unlike the empty promises, delays and frustrations people often experience these days with that other famous german small-camera brand.

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    I would certainly agree with the sentiment that Linhof Technikas are overpriced. That being said, they have very nice geared movements not found on other press type cameras. They are wonderful to use, but very heavy. I prefer the Super Graphic myself.

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    A Tech IV was the first LF camera I purchased. It was also the last LF camera I purchased (and yes, it is still used regularly).

    According to a manufacturing date provided by Bob Salomon it was already over 40yrs old when I purchased it. In my view the purchase price was not excessive.

    Yes, it has gained a few minor nicks and wear marks and lost two pieces of leatherette (around the tripod hole, and on the round knob controlling the front rise). I dont have cammed lenses, but then I dont use the rangefinder.

    But it continues to do everything I need and I have no desire to purchase anything else (Ok, well perhaps a shiny new 3000...)

    Cheers

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