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    I am moving to an area that is a large formats shooters dream as far as I think others may think other wise. But I don't have 1000's of dollars to get restarted in this endiver but want a few basic things like cameras, darkroom basic's (contact printer etc.). I have 2 1/4 35mm and a broken digital. What am I looking at? are there decient 4x5 8x10's out there cheap? I don't mind refinishing wood or metal.
    I am a pastor of a very small church so I don't have a lot of extra cash to spend right now. I do mainly B&W out door shots still to this day (been shooting for 43 years). So any ideas or help would make my day.


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    The only thing that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing!

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    There's a ton of second hand LF gear around, and plenty of it is cheap. What's your realistic budget? Given that you've got MF already, do you have a decent tripod?

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    You can get started for around $500 with a Speed Graphic, older (heavy) monorail, or one of the more basic woodfields, and a normal lens. You can process film in trays, which you probably already have if you do your own darkroom work. You'll need a light meter (but you can use the meter in your 35mm camera for now), a darkcloth, and a tripod (a Tiltall or something of similar character will support most 4x5" field cameras, maybe something a little heavier for a bigger monorail). If you make contact prints for now, all you need is a clean sheet of glass and a slab of foam rubber. Later on, if you need an enlarger, you can find something like an Omega D2 for a few hundred dollars. Darkroom equipment is cheap these days.
    flickr--http://www.flickr.com/photos/davidagoldfarb/
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    Graphic View cameras frequently sell with a lens on ebay for less than $200. They are reasonably light weight metal cameras on a short, sturdy monorail, so there's not much to go wrong with them. Just be sure it comes with the tripod head/mount - it's specific to these cameras. Photos and information are on graflex.org.
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    If you want to go with 8x10 contact printing (hence, no enlarger required), you can get a Deardorff or Kodak Masterview and lens for $1500 or less. If that's above your budget, a camera such as the Ansco/agfa, Calumet, or several others will get you in at less than $1000.

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    I just picked up an excellent Speed Graphic with three 4x5 film holders, case, and 6x9 Roll film back for $200US. If you look long enough the deals are there.

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    Yeah, I just bought a polaroid back for my Crown Graphic. I'm trying to shoot more 4x5 myself.

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    Welcome to the Dark Slide, Pastor Paul!

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    Have you looked into pinhole work? Very nice work is done with them and they are very inexpensive. Look at the pinhole forum here.
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    Pastor, I own the less expensive Shen Hao 4x5 wooden view, field camera.
    I have been using it for the last 6 months, purchased used for $295.00, it was like new. It has saved me about 15 pounds of weight, is easy to use and has all the movements I need for field and studio use.
    I believe Badger Graphics sells these new in the US. Saw the step up model on Ebay about a month ago.

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