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    WOW! Expected lots of opinions, you guys deliver. Being a little slow to react on major purchases I find I'm most comfortable working through the these things with some reasonable plan. The input here is SUPER.

    What you guys have given in advice is invaluable, and covers areas I was not aware of, like Donald's comment about bellows extension - had not thought about that. Also, not sure if a long lens is really needed for the type of photography I do - mostly landscapes and buildings. I do like to do a macro landscape, ie parts of the building which I thought might be easier to do with a long lens, however a 210 might fit the bill just fine.

    Scootermm, I understand your point about one lens, and that is pretty much what I plan on doing for the near term with the Crown Graphic - it has a 135 Optar. Not a bad lens, and seems to fit the Crown (with it's limited movements).

    Tom, appreciate the info about the Shen-Hao as is it on the list of cameras I plan to look at - along with a Tachihara and Zone VI, again all used...just can't see paying for a new one.

    Well now to lay everything out and run the compares..will have more questions in the future - lens and camera. Plan to build a compare list to help with features, if anyone has any ideas let me know.

    Plus maybe I should see what Jim C will have with his new cameras....hmmmmmm!!!

    Thanks Guys!
    Mike C

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    Don't worry about brand names at this point. Decide on what featurs you want and then find a body that has them. It's features and bellows that should determine which brand and model you get.


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    Thanks Steve, appreciate your input. You are correct at this stage it's more important to determine the features, then match them to brand/model.
    Mike C

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    The LF lens selection IS overwhelming; the resources from View Camera are probably as comprehensive as it gets. I got enough info from the LF website to get me going, but would still like to know more.

    Don't be afraid of the Classic Oldies. I dare anyone to guess what lens was used to take a picture. I've never seen anyone criticized because they used 7.85 SnapDragoon when a 7.96 Super SnapDragoon would have been a better choice. I have two Commercial Ektars made in 1948, a Wollensak Raptar, A 9.5" Goertz Dagor, and a 90mm Angulon. Everyone of them takes a decent picture if I do my part. None of them were made later than 1960 and who knows how many owners they have had. And I'll be a goatroper if anyone can tell which one I used on any specific picture.

    I'll add one thing to Simmons' advice; Figure out your needs and buy what you can afford.
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