esPhoto, you are trying too hard to do the best thing. There's a law of nature to the effect that the first 4x5 camera is always the wrong 4x5 camera, regardless of what it is. Just get a Crown and use it.
After a while you'll learn what you really need to do that it can't and which aspects of using it really bother you. Then you'll be better prepared to look for a 4x5 camera that suits you. And if you don't pay too much for the Crown you should be able to sell it at no or only a small loss.
Too right. Love that philosophy, Dan.
Being a natural hoarder, I don't think I will end up with just one camera anyway ...
A press camera is not a view camera, it is what it is. Some other press type cameras such as the Busch have revolving backs and more front movement, and then there are Linlof's and Horseman's and Superspeeds and Crowns. I have both a Speed and Crown 4X5s and a view camera. I like my Crown as I can use high speed film and hand hold it or use a monopod while hiking or for street work. My Speed is held togeather by duck tape and payer, I will take it anywhere. A speed or crown does not replace a view camera. I also find that my Crown with a couple of lens and 4 or 5 flim holders is lighter than my Kowa Super 66 with 3 lens.
"A press camera is not a view camera, it is what it is"
If you are looking at a focusing glass that is being illuminated directly by the lens, then it is a view camera. Most press cameras (even my Mamiyas) have this option, therefore I disagree with your classification of them as non view cameras.
"Truth and love are my law and worship. Form and conscience are my manifestation and guide. Nature and peace are my shelter and companions. Order is my attitude. Beauty and perfection are my attack."
I recommend KEH if you are going to be spending any sort of real money. The problems that are left off of e-bay listings are too numerous to mention, and KEH will take the camera back without a hassle.
As for the difference between a field and a view camera: if you can find a relatively inexpensive field camera, I'd go for that. I use both press and field cameras, but I don't expect movements on the press cameras (I use them handheld and with a working rangefinder)
I have found that with the shallow DOF of 4x5, press cameras are just too limiting for general photography. My RB67 has replaced my Speed Graphic. Neither camera has movements but at least the RB is somewhat faster. I even wish I had the ability to make movements on my RB.