k_jupiter. You have a lot of right, but You have to notice one thing also. Our main target market is local market here in Poland. We have not a lot of old, second hand field cameras in good condition available. Even Crown or Speed graphics in not so good condition could cost a lot because it is quite rare animal. Next thing is this simple fact that average Pole is not as wealthy as US citizen. Ebony or Deardorff is great, but it costs a lot. Even cheapest Chinese Shen-Hao or Chamonix is in many situation is big expense especially for hobbyists.
Of course I could be wrong and we will not sell anything. That's ok. We started this project to learn something new. It is not our main source of income. In the matter of fact it so far an experiment and if we earn some money it will be great if we don't that's ok too. Maybe we create good quality entry level camera for good money and it will be success. Who knows.
When Arvid Viktor Hasselblad, son of the company’s founder and
an avid amateur photographer, established a photographic division
within the company he is reported to comment.
“I certainly don’t think that we will earn much money on this,
but at least it will allow us to take pictures for free.”
It is true that there aren't a lot of choices on the local Polish market for large format cameras. In the shops in Kraków I've seen a few Linhofs, some big Soviet studio cameras, and not much in between, and the pathways for purchasing a camera through the Internet are different due to language and perhaps methods of payment.
Argentum in Hungary seems to be surviving, making affordable wooden LF cameras.
A business making LF cameras in Poland could also be a business selling lenses, filmholders, film, and other accessories.
I agree with Tim that there would be a market for a kit camera. Why not present them side by side, it would eliminate a lot of the labor involved in assembly and open your market to a younger or less affluent group.