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    You might consider one of Peter Gowland's
    8x10 cameras. Peter still makes these
    cameras and can build one without movements
    for you.

    EDIT: Oren beat me to it while I was typing. Oren:
    Peter also builds an 8x10 "Lite" rail view camera --
    that was the model I would suggest he use.

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    Sanders, I had one of Peter's 8x10 monorails for a while, a very early horizontal-only version that was little more than a bellows riding on a pipe. It was pretty fussy to use, because the front and rear standards were easily knocked out of alignment and there were no detents to assist in quick setup. I don't think that changed on later versions - at least not for the front standard, and maybe not the rear as well in his larger cameras. So I'm not sure it's an ideal match for a user who wants to be able to set up in a jiffy without ever having to worry about alignment.

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    A pie-in-the-sky option: Linhof made a handful of 18x24cm Technikas. If you're very patient and have some money to burn...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oren Grad View Post
    Peter Gowland built some 8x10 Aerial cameras. At the age of 90-something he's winding down the business now, but perhaps he has one left - scroll down a bit more than halfway on this page:

    http://www.petergowland.com/camera/index.html
    Peter Gowland is a great guy. I've bought a lot of cameras from him over the years. That weird GowlandFlex twin lens was a great idea; not so much in the real world though. But he's a true gentleman.

    I don't think the camera I want exists. The Walker Titan is the closest. I want a CrownGraphic/SpeedGraphic but in 8x10...

    Agree on the helio focus devices; the range is not long enough. Too limited. And any box camera too.

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    More practical, if expensive: one of the non-folding 8x10 Ebony cameras. If you keep the front and rear movements locked down, setup is very simple - pop the camera on the tripod and rack out the front standard. The limit there is the maximum extension of 380mm - OK for 300, not so OK for 360 if you want to work close.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oren Grad View Post
    More practical, if expensive: one of the non-folding 8x10 Ebony cameras. If you keep the front and rear movements locked down, setup is very simple - pop the camera on the tripod and rack out the front standard. The limit there is the maximum extension of 380mm - OK for 300, not so OK for 360 if you want to work close.
    Maybe better to just buy an old Deardorff, get it parallel, and then glue the standards in place.

    this is cool too, but it's 11x4 instead of 8x10. So simple:

    http://glennview.com/jpgs/vcam/f-s/1...mera/big_1.jpg
    Last edited by mtfilm; 05-03-2009 at 02:37 PM. Click to view previous post history.

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    Or turn that Folmer around, and get an Eastman 2D or similar. Any of those cameras with a fold-down rail, front or rear, is quick and easy to set up.

    There tends to be a bit of slop in the coupling of the standards to the rails, but get them tightened up and it might be close enough for your purposes. The main concern is whether the rear standard moves a bit when you pull off the focusing cloth and insert a holder. Are you shooting at middle apertures or are you trying to get the focus exactly on the eyelashes at open aperture?

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    Peter Gowland builds a neat 8x10 aerial model with both a gg and sports finder. He can put a helical focus on it so you wouldn't be stuck at infinty. It is designed around a 300mm Nikor M lens but IIRC there is a wide angle model too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtfilm View Post
    I don't think the camera I want exists. The Walker Titan is the closest. I want a CrownGraphic/SpeedGraphic but in 8x10...
    Have you looked at the Toyo folding metal 8x10"?--

    http://www.toyoview.com/Products/810MII/810MII.html

    Heavy for an 8x10" field camera, but should be quick setup.
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    I use an Ebony SLW810 which has minimal front movements, rise, fall and tilt. It's great to transport with lens attached, quick to set up and extremely rigid.
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