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    Well, I do dayhikes with my Gowland 8x10" and usually around 5 or 6 lenses and three filmholders, or more holders if I'm working out of a car. I have a 12" Dagor and 19" Artar in barrel with an adapter to use them on the Ilex 5 shutter of my 10" WF Ektar, and then I have a few small wide lenses that cover 8x10". The whole thing fits with all the usual accessories in a knapsack of the sort used for laptop computers and the tripod hangs from my shoulder on a strap.

    If you want to go really small and light, look for one of the old casket sets (the premium ones are the Busch Vademecum set and I've seen uncoated Dagor casket sets), or if you have the budget for the new Cooke lens but want more options, consider the Wisner casket set:

    http://www.wisner.com/Page15.html

    My superlight 4x5" kit is a Gowland Front Moves 4x5" with a Symmar 135/235 convertible, 90mm Angulon, Linhof 42mm shade and filter kit, Gossen Digisix meter, and as many Grafmatics as I need/have room for. Just scale up to a 300/500 Symmar, 210mm Angulon and an 8x10" Gowland or Toho for a comparable 8x10" kit.
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    I wonder if the lens will cover 11x14 with movement as the original did (or at least the one I had did)? Also if the cells will be 'modernized' so a single cell can be placed behind or in front of the shutter and produce equal results?

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    Not until someone "modernizes" physics.

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    Sorry for two in a row, but to address Mr. Goldfarb's comments, I'd wholeheartedly agree. I own a Busch Vademecum and I just sold the only Dagor casket set I've ever seen...both terrific performers but designed when all the calculations were done by hand, so not nearly as sharp as what you'll get from modern glass. Reasonable alternatives would of course include Goerz Pantars (got a six-cell set of these in a Copal #3 too) and Zeiss Protars; these are cool because you can more or less "roll your own" casket set, i.e. aquire individual cells to build your ideal collection. Naturally, as David already stated, none of the aforementioned lenses is coated, so contrast will be lacking.

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    Was wondering when this would finally come out. (Heard about it in Dec. 2002) They got the prototype lens from Gordon Hutchings that had 2 of the original ones. They used his lens and to pay him back for the use of his lens they totally re did and multi coated his origial lens. Gordon says it is the best lens he had in his arsenal of lenses.
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