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    heck I've used my wooden field camera as a handheld. i use a wideangle like a 90mm, Metz 45CT4 if flash is needed and fast film. stop er down, prefocus on about 10 feet and let er rip. it's worked great! the shot I took out of the plane window was done this way. I think it's still in my gallery.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David A. Goldfarb
    Consider a Graflex reflex camera. If you find one in good working order, these are very quick to focus, but no flash sync.

    It takes some practice to do this with a rangefinder press camera, because the focus window is separate from the framing window, but it can be done. Of course a slightly wide lens and flash will give you a little more margin of error.
    while a super speed graphic would be a great thing to have, i'd second david's suggestion and get a graflex slr. if you can find a super d, they are the last ones that were made, and i know the 3x4s have a flash sync. they are pretty easy to focus, and with a little practice they work pretty well for "action" photography but just the same, if you can get the "zone focus" thing down with a speed/ super speed you can pop-up the sports finder (the wire that pops up on the front standard) or the viewer ( if you have the masks for the different viewers) and you have yourself a giant point and shoot !

    i used to climb on a switchbox, focus at infinity and use the sports finder (never could find all the masks ), not to photograph kids but building wrecking crews that were tearing down local landmarks.

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    Have a look at this thread from the other day. I am thinking about one!

    http://www.apug.org/forums/showthread.php?t=8807
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    Sorry, this has nothing to do with the topic really, but it IS something I found funny: earlier today someone thrust a digital camera on me and I found it next to impossible to point the thing. It was one of those hold-away-from-body-and-squint-at-screen jobbers and I was always moving it in the wrong direction because I'm so used to reverse images on the gg. For a moment I thought I was losing my mind and couldn't figure out what was wrong with me -- thought I'd lost all hand-eye coordination. Then, of course, it "clicked."

    Got a chuckle out of it.

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    I've bee using a century graphic 2x3 handheld for a few months. I've calibrated the Kalart rangefinder (from instructions on graflex.org) with my 80mm f2.8 Xenotar. It is very accurate down to about 3 ft. A 4x5 like the graflex or busch would be easy to use in this mode as well. I would second the reccomendation for a monopod. Not only do they allow for slower shutter speeds, but they make a 2x3 or 4x5 much easier to handle.

    Also fast lenses and film make life easier.

    I am also going to try my century with a Vivitar 285 flash in auto mode.


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    I ended up getting a 4x5 Super D, and have been having a great time with it. I need a faster lens, though, and I have some HP5 on the way so I can try pushing it some...

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    Century Graphic

    My Crown Graphic is a bit cumbersome for handheld situations so I also bought a Century Graphic. Plenty of 120mm roll film available; and 2X3 sheet film available from J&C as well as Ilford HP5. It isn't much larger than some of the more cumbersome 35mm's (or digi's), but far more versatile.
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    There is the Peter Gowland line of handheld 4x5, 5x7 and 8x10:

    http://www.petergowland.com/camera/index.html

    Also the Littman, but very expensive. It's a 4x5 rangefinder made from a converted Polaroid 110 body:

    http://www.littman45single.com/

    I have never used either one, but Peter Gowland is well-respected. If you visit the Littman site, he has a gallery of images produced with his cameras. I like the Havana portfolio the most. I almost got one on eBay recently, but someone outbid me.

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    As most of you know I have the Littman w/150 and use it occasionally for shooting kids.

    I've been travelling quite a bit lately so haven't used it as much as I would have liked but it seems pretty cool.




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    I've got a 8x10 Gowland handheld--- great for aerials and stuff where you're focused at infinity(in fact I'm taking it skiing this winter!) but kids?? For handheld work I doubt if you could find a more proven LF camera than a Graphic or Graflex(or Linhof). If Weegee could do it, so can you!

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