I have lusted after large format for years. I used to say it would be after the kids were big enough to carry thier own day packs for when we were out on a hike. We were almost there.
Then about a year and a half ago I was gifted a whole whack of traditional photography materials, including about 10 full 50's and 25's , and a lot of half boxes of the same of 4x5 film.
Well a deal on a 4x5 enlarger came by too god to pass up...
And I borrowed a crown graphic for a while to get started, until the owner had a yen to start using it again.
Then I borrowed a kodak monorail for a few months, until a more worthy loan - to a young person taking photo at school needed it.
I went to the photo fair last week with cash for a view camera. No good monorails of the srt I was wanting at reasonable prices, but I did pick up a Crown Graphic with a 150mm and a couple of spare lens boards for $145, which woas a good price, and could have tided me over for a while.
Then Craigslist heard my desire, and today I landed a Cambo 4x5 with regular and bag bellows, a couple of lens hoods, a dozen holders, and a 210 symmar with a dead shutter for $300. I am comfortable with servicing the shutter, so I will take a peek before declaring it needs a pro repair.
So for our holday in 7 weeks, where I was hoping to do architectural photography of Chicago on ou 4 days there, I might just have time to hunt down a reasonably priced 90 or 75, and I will be all satisfied for at least a few more month, until the GAS strikes again. .