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    Is there a 4x5 I could pack while Mt. biking?

    Every time I return to this subject in my mind (rather often), I realize I just need a bigger format for what I like to shoot (landscape/nature). I've tried 3 medium format cameras and wasn't really that sold on any of them...for the hassle over 35mm shooting, I may as well shoot something big (or so I always think when schlepping a 6x7 MF or something around).

    So...is there a place I can look to start getting some knowledge of portable LF systems, and how big one would really be? Ideally I'd like to be able to put something in a back pack small enough to Mt. bike with. If I can't do that, I may as well stick to my 35mm stuff, or perhaps find that perfect MF camera out there somewhere...
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    Find a nice Crown Graphic with a good lens, shutter and bellows. Not too expensive, can fit newer lenses etc., repairable, rangefinder or ground glass, surprisingly rugged, best of all; folds up small and is light weight.

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    I've no personal experience of the camera, but was interested to read a user's view of the Walker XL at the link below. Further up the price range there are non-folding Ebony models as well.
    http://www.lf-photo.org.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=903

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    I've got a Toyo 45CF (carbon fiber) which is light and folds up nicely with a 135 or 150 lens in place. Also, probably the cheapest 4x5 on the market today. I can hike and carry it in a shoulder bag.

    I think if you were really clever, you could turn your bike upside down and use it as a tripod, with 1/4" bolt welded to the bottom.

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    I'll second Paul. They're rugged and best of all not very expensive. Add in a Grafmatic or two instead of double sided film holders to save a bit on size and weight. Of course, my opinion might be a bit biased since I happen to have 3 Crown Graphics and a couple of Grafmatics I'm looking to sell.

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    Mark Barendt, Ignacio, CO

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    I'll third Paul, and second Fotoguy who has what you need available.... Best, Bill
    The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.

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    The Toho 45FC. Very small, light weight, with plenty of movements, and bellows extension. Mine is perfect for backpacking. Refer to Kerry Thallmans website.
    The Medium is the Massage - Marshal McLuhan
    www.abriefvisionoftime.com

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    The tripod's the trouble, so to speak. So if you don't want to handhold with something like a Razzle like SMBooth suggests, you're in for another compromise. Stability versus weight/size, but you know that from the bike. Where to put the tripod? Certainly not sticking up from a backpack, I shudder to imagine the possible hangups. Bungie-corded to the top tube, perhaps.

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