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    I bought an 8x10 Agfa/Ansco from Midwest Photo Exchange for $495. The bellows had been replaced, but they work just fine. I got it so I could get into contact printing. As for lenses, I bought a 300 mm f8.5 Fujinon from MPE new, and recently picked up a 159 mm f9.5 Wollensak on ebay.

    I agree with a lot of what has been said here too.
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    Thanks everyone for you input. As always lots of great advice.

    I have made my decision, somewhat influenced by a listing on eBay.

    There was a nice Zone VI 4x5 System listed that ended today that I just could not pass up.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...MEWN%3AIT&rd=1

    So it looks like for now I'll be shooting 4x5. Hopefully sometime later this year I can add an 8x10 to go with it.

    Thanks again!

    Jim

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    Wow, what a deal. complete rig ready to go! Good luck, she looks like a beauty!
    hi!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmac
    Wow, what a deal. complete rig ready to go! Good luck, she looks like a beauty!
    Thanks Brian,

    I just couldn't pass it up.

    Jim

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    Jim,

    Wow is right! Congrats on a great deal! Use in good health!

    I just purchased a Burke&James 5x7 Grover:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...tem=3817301743

    Was going to build my own 6x17 pano camera from scratch, but decided for the price it's cheaper to buy this camera and shoot either 5x7 and/or make 6x17 film holders.

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    Congrats Jim. That looks like a great deal.

    John

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    My first 8x10 was a Kodak Masterview. I now own a KB Canham 8x10, with 4x10 back and other accessories. I liked the KMV, especially that it was metal and folded up so nicely into a box. The only drawback was that the front standard was nov as rigid as I would have liked. When I put on a heavy lens (a few pounds) and tilted the front standard forward, it could not hold the weight of the lens and would sag down. I partly fixed this by replacing the nuts with locking washers and tighter thumbscrews.

    I really like the Canham. No complaints, but it is way above your budget.

    I second the general concensus towards a Deardorf, just be sure to get one with front swings as early models don't have them. A KMV is still a good recommendation and a lot of camera for the buck even with my problem. Lensboards for KMV's can be hard to find, but post here if you get one and I (or others) will point you to people who custom make them.

    A new Tachihara looks real nice as a basic 8x10 for $1300 at www.mpex.com so youmight check that out. I think it only has base tilts which are a pain but usable. It folds up and is luggable.

    Good luck.

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    Well, I just found another "deal" that I couldn't pass up.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...MEWN%3AIT&rd=1

    I figure I just paid $1,000 for the Schneider Super-Angulon 165mm (They seem to be selling on eBay for around that price) and $676 for the Dorff and the 300mm Lens.

    Even though the Plasmat Set I just got is a "5x7" set it go's up to 500mm, so I should be able to use it on this.

    O.K... Somebody PLEASE tell me to stay away form eBay :P

    Jim

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    :o I think you just edged Sean out of his title (Out of control on eBay)
    hi!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmac
    :o I think you just edged Sean out of his title (Out of control on eBay)
    Now I have to go home and tell my Wife :o

    Jim

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