Looks like a good kit. The 65mm would be better on a recessed board, but even on a flat one it should allow you to focus at infinity (at least a Grandagon I tried on my Tachihara allowed me to do so).
The Tachihara is a very nice camera.
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the lenses alone are worth almost $1K ...
looks like a worthwhile investment,
that you could easily sell if you decide
you don't like the 5x4 experience.
i think jerevan is right about the 65mm lens
maybe it was for the roll film back .. but
i have also heard like laurent says
a 65mm angulon might
just barely cover a 5x4 sheet
A guy offered me a similar Deardorff kit for $2500. This a good deal. I would get it I if was you
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jnanian, that was my read on the value as well, thanks for the confirmation (pending condition, etc of course)
Honestly, I'll need to sell off a few of the lenses to cover this if I go for it. I'd love to keep the Fujinon and Nikkor but as the highest price items, but one or both will have to go. I can always pick them up down the road if that is where my shooting takes me. I'm less excited about the Schneider - particularly if it doesn't cover 4x5. I'm not sure about it yet.
If I did sell off all three lenses, that would still leave me with the Tachihara, Rodenstock 150mm, holders, the 120/220 back and a bunch of accessories for an outlay closer to $300. I can't complain about that.
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Its sounds like a great deal. I'd check the market on the lenses as you could have them up for sale for quite some time before they sell. Keep the the 150 and 240 they will be of the most use starting out and 95% of the rest of the time. I have a linhof TechIII I shelled out $500 bucks for some years ago and have never been sorry.
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4 lenses and a camera for $1000 is a good deal as long as the lenses are in working order (shutters aren't all gummed up).
You'll also want some film & supplies that probably aren't free. If you do darkroom now, you might have half this stuff.
$75 1 box of film (tmy2 is my choice)
$? 1 changing tent if you don't have a darkroom or temporary darkroom
$0 some anti static bags for storing/transporting the loaded film holders (probably free from computer repair places or IT departments)
$90 system for developing the film (combiplan tank, or mod photographic reel and used 3-roll sized paterson tank)
$30 quality stainless thermometer
$25 negative pages for storing processed film
$10 measuring container, funnel, etc..
Then you'll have some potentially nice negatives which you can scan ($400ish and up for an epson v700 or better) or get the stuff for printing it. Used 4x5 enlargers will cost you more to transport than their purchase price; keep an eye on your local craigslist or ebay sorted by distance. If you buy one online at Ebay or here or something, figure $150 shipping if the seller is willing to prepare it for shipping and put it on a pallet.
Yeah, the 65 might cover if you shoot head-on, with no rise/fall and stopping down a bit beyond f22 (f32 or f45). What's confusing me a bit is the f:9 part. Let's see what it really says on the lens when you have had a look at the kit.
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For the lenses alone that kit is a steal. If the rodenstock is a sironar-s you could sell it and the fuji and have everything else for almost free. Although 150mm is the "normal" lens so I would probably keep it unless you just don't like the focal length. Just make sure everything is in good shape and the shutter speeds are accurate. Test the one second shutter speed on each lens against the others...that's usually the first one to go and easiest to estimate if it sounds accurate.
Speaking of which, if you want to sell the Fuji... I would be more than happy to take it off your hands. Need a small long lens for a field kit.
I think starting on a field camera is a good idea, especially if you shoot landscapes. Plus you've got a nice set of focal lengths and a roll film back to practice on (or sell if you end up not using it). The monorails are so bulky you can't bring them anywhere and a decent field camera has virtually all the movements of a monorail (well, all the really useful ones) and is faster to set up and use. Just make sure you have a good tripod and (even a home made) dark cloth and loupe. Go for it! Worst case scenario is you don't like it and can resell it online for a profit.
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I shot 4x5 for several years, then stopped when I bought a Nikon D80 then D300. I pulled it out a few months ago and was blown away by how much more detail I get from 4x5 than I do Nikon DSLR. One thing I'll bring up is that to be really happy, you need a scanner. I just bought a used Epson V700 for $290 from eBay. I'm buying the wet mount holders from BetterScanning.com in a week or two. I'm using the stock Epson holders until then. Doing your own scanning is the way to go, I think. If you photo in a studio it won't matter so much what camera you get. If you photo outdoors much, a field camera is the thing to get. I'm once again shooting 4x5, so far only b&w.
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I am still blown away by how much more detail I get from 35mm film than from a digital camera. Anything above 35mm, digital does not even begin to approach. I guess I must be really easy to please!
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