Thanks again all -
I'm primarily an outdoor, wander-about photographer. I've dabbled in studio work but I don't think its my thing. That was what lead me to a field camera; the more portable something is, the more likely I am to use it. Once I get comfortable with it, I expect this will also become a reason to do a little more traveling with my wife.
I develop 35mm and 120 at home using a dark bag and daylight tank. I haven't decided on tray vs tank yet for 4x5. I was already planning to set up a darkroom in the garage though with a 4x5 enlarger. This will just accelerate that plan. I'll probably shoot roll film at first while I continue getting that set up. Once I do, I plan to shoot primarily 4x5 sheet and leave the MF to the MF cameras.
At that point, my goal would be to make prints for 4x5 shots (probably a mix of contact prints and 8x10s at first). To get work online, I'm going to try to stick with scanning prints. I scan negatives right now in absence of a darkroom but I have a 8800f. I'm going to try to keep 4x5 more analog at least for a while.
So to wrap this up, I picked it up for his asking price. This is what was included in the end:
- Tachihara 4x5 w/sliding back standard (later version from what I've read?), standards seem stable, bellows look good.
- Fujinon A 240 mm f/9
- Nikkor SW 90 mm f/8, some specks of coating loss on the front element.
- 150 mm APO-Sironar N f/5.6, some specks of coating loss on the rear element.
- 65 mm Super-Angulon f/8 (from 1965)
- 120/220 back
- 9 holders
- Cokin filter kit w/9 filters
- Home-made dark cloth
- Lupe, cable release
- Assorted dark room odds and ends
- A Users Guide to the View Camera (2nd ed), Using the View Camera (revised ed), The Book of Pyro
The shutters all sounded fine at multiple speeds. All mounted. He said the coating loss didn't have any noticeable impact so hopefully that was accurate. No worse than what I've used on a Bronica SQ lens without any problems. He is the original owner of all but the Super-Angulon.
Once this is formally given to me over the holidays, I'll pare the kit down a bit as I mentioned earlier. Until then, I have plenty to read.
Thank you all for the feedback and encouragement while I looked at this. I have a hard time spending money and taking chances; your thoughts really did help immensely.
Last edited by Brian Legge; 11-28-2010 at 09:33 PM. Click to view previous post history.
Brian, congratulations on your new outfit. If you have questions while your learning to use it you know where to come.
Great! Now, when you get you hands on the camera, get out there and try all the lenses a few times to see how and if they work for you. It would be annoying to sell off something you realise you actually need a few weeks later. Don't ask how I know.
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Yeah, as much as I'd love to snag that 240mm off you, 90/150/240 is a great set of focal lengths and those are regarded as among the best field lenses ever made (small but sharp). So it's worth trying everything out and seeing what you think. Sounds like a great kit, put together by someone who knew what he was doing.
Load some velvia 50 up if you have a light table. It's cool how good it looks at 4x5 and slides are instantly gratifying (and then the frustration of getting an acceptable print sets in...). One accessory I might recommend is a basic changing bag ($20 new). I lost mine a couple days ago and now I realize how much I need it. I guess this isn't an issue if you have a darkroom so much.
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Hi ! I don't know weather you have made your purchase yet, but never the less. I think for outdoor work the camera body would be an ideal and the 150/5.6 would be perfect. The three remaining lenses are too slow and not too easy to focus.
I did make the purchase. I also have a tripod on the way so I haven't had a chance to take it out yet.
What sort of shooting do you do? I've heard good things about the Fujinon and Nikkor - I'm curious what you use.
I had a Super Angulon 90mm F/8 and it was a little tough to focus, but it worked out fine for me. Having good ground glass or a fresnel lens on the ground glass definitely helps. Sometimes the original ground glass that comes with these cameras is not the brightest. The faster wide angle lenses are easier top focus, and a lot harder to carry and more expensive to buy. For field work, I would personally trade the brightness for the weight and cost of the faster wide angle lenses.
I found the Tachihara's GG to be very good (and had a chance to compare it to other camera's like Toyo 45A, Technika, etc.., and it was in the best ones...)
I still agree that a 90/8 SA was a pain to focus though, and so was a 75/8 SA. The Fujinon 75/5.6 is WAAAAYYY easier on this regard.
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Yes the other lens are slower and can be more difficult to focus. But they are certainly usable. On the plus side the slower lens are smaller and lighter than f5.6 in equivalent focal lengths with is an advantage for field work. I use an 90mm F8 Super Angulon and a 150mm F9 G-Claron and this includes night photography. In most cases there is something bright enough to focus on and if not I carry two Mini Maglites which I use for focusing aids. The darkcloth you use also make a difference, it is important that the darkcloth fit well around the camera and blocks out all the light.
Originally Posted by Alois
You own the lenses so I would encourage you to try them out, you may be pleasantly surprised.