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    What the hell is with the linhof technika

    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?

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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?
    It has the most movements and the best build quality of any baseboard camera, many more movements than the average press camera, and $2000 is not much more than 1/3 of the new price of a late model. I personally find it too heavy to carry any distance, but others love them!

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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?
    I had the chance to handle a linhof once an own a little Crown Graphic. The difference between a Graflex and a Linhof is like the difference between a VW Golf II and a Rolls Royce

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    If Ulrich means the Speed Graphic is the Rolls and the Linhof the VW, I quite agree. The Linhof is half the camera a Speed Graphic is. It has no focal plane shutter which means it's not as good covering sports or action as the Speed. The Speed can use barrel lenses which opens a world not available to Linhof.
    To answer your question, the Linhof is just a metal press camera.

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    AHH, but it has the badge just like Leica....... it's all about the pedigree don't you see.

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    I have owned a 5x7" Linhof Technika, and I own a 4x5" Speed Graphic. IMO the price difference is justified: The Technika is in an entirely different league.
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    Quote Originally Posted by panchro-press View Post
    If Ulrich means the Speed Graphic is the Rolls and the Linhof the VW, I quite agree. The Linhof is half the camera a Speed Graphic is. It has no focal plane shutter which means it's not as good covering sports or action as the Speed. The Speed can use barrel lenses which opens a world not available to Linhof.
    To answer your question, the Linhof is just a metal press camera.
    Even as a press camera, Linhofs have got some nifty features - how about the 3 lens cams on a rotating plate for fast changing? I personally favor a Speed Graphic over a Linhof, but the reason is weight!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ole View Post
    I have owned a 5x7" Linhof Technika, and I own a 4x5" Speed Graphic. IMO the price difference is justified: The Technika is in an entirely different league.
    Just trying to pick your brain: Why did you keep the Speed Graphic? I'm asking because I looked at various Linhofs and found them too heavy - I'd never lug one around probably.

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    I sold the 5x7" Technika when I bought a 5x7" Gandolfi.

    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tony lockerbie View Post
    AHH, but it has the badge just like Leica....... it's all about the pedigree don't you see.

    Tony
    Now, I may be wrong. But I think Tony is trying to suggest that the Techica owners are involved in leicaphile style kit fondling, rather than using their cameras.

    From my experience this is far from the truth. Though he is correct, the pedigree does count. Having been building cameras for over a hundred years, they produce beautiful, solid, precise cameras.

    The Technicas are heavy compared to other field cameras, but then, they are technical cameras, and have movements for adjustment of perspective, and plane of focus on both front, and rear standards. A 5x7 is my main user camera at the moment. I'm not into sports, or action, but I do carry the camera fair distances when out photographing; the camera is such a joy to use, I am happy to carry the weight.
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