if i went with the cambo i would need this for older lenses: http://www.calumetphoto.co.uk/eng/pr...pal_3/386-652a
i have seen an offer with a cambo sc and lens and 6 film holders, 2 lens boards, polaroid back and case. therefore it would all fit into a case, and i could put several prepared holders in a backpack.
it comes down to the weight of a cambo vs a graphic view, and the fact i don't get as much extras with the graphic view. i do get a nice ilex lens though which seems capable of great stuff, looking at the photos.
here is a list of manufacturers, some still in business, some not, but do some searches and see what you find:
And I am sure there are others
Most of them at one time or another made low cost models. Some have been business for a very long time and so the older models can be cheap. I would start by narrowing down to whether you want a monorail or a flatbed and the go from there.
Yeah, every time I've looked at LF I look at a box of 8x10 film goimg for over a hundred bucks for TEN shots... and I'm glad the 8x10 cameras are out of my price budget too!
Originally Posted by chase
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I agree with Wade and Chase. The first two cameras would be greatly overpriced in the USA. They are the early Graphic View, not the GV II which has a longer bellows and better front tilts. Be leery of buy-it-now prices. With patience, actual auctions usually provide better bargains. The Ektar lens is fine for much press camera use, but inadequate for view camera movements. Dan is right about the Kodak Ektar f/7.7 203mm, a fine old lens with a cult status that boosts the price. I use one more than any of many others. Similar lenses from other makers might be less expensive. The The GV tilt-pan heads are good. The GV, like many Burke & James or Calumet view cameras, use 4" square lens boards that are easy to fabricate. Don't worry about getting the perfect camera on your first purchase. If you shop carefully, you can recoup most or all of your money if you sell it to upgrade.
i definately want a monorail, and a portable one which packs into a case. i will just be using it on a tripod.
thankyou all, and jim for the words of advice. the ilex lens seems capable of great tonality, but i'm not sure it covers 4x5. it is sold with the GV on ebay.
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Um, the Ilex was made for a 3x4 Press camera, barely covers 4x5. Not a good short normal lens for 4x5 because it allows no movements. There are many many more-or-less normal lenses for 4x5, Schneider Symmars (plain Symmars with no suffix) are relatively inexpensive and not bad.
Originally Posted by pollux
If you're determined to use the Ilex on a 4x5 Cambo, you'll have to find a Cambo lens board that's drilled to accept it -- what shutter is it in? -- or drilled smaller so the hole can be enlarge to suit. Cambo lens boards are metal castings with integral light traps, making one isn't a good idea.
Re the 400 Tele-Megor, I checked and was surprised to learn that the lens will indeed cover 4x5. If it is shutter, you need to have it and its shutter put on a board that's been drilled to accept the shutter. If it isn't in shutter, it will be very hard to use on a Cambo because the Cambo is shutterless.
Nearly all of us think very hard before buying pur first press, technical, or view camera. Nearly all of us learn what we really want/need by using that first camera and replace it within a year. Whatever decision you make, except not to get one at all, will probably be wrong. Go ahead, but keep that in mind.
You might need it, but you don't have to pay so much. Make your own, or have a friend do it for you. I even made one out of mat board so a friend could test a lens. Not durable, but fine for brief use.
Originally Posted by pollux
Lensboards are very easy to make. Go to a hardware store and show them what you want and they'll probably drill the right hole for you on the spot. Or just buy a holesaw kit for a drill.
The hole sizes don't need to be perfect and you can make the boards out of wood.
I get the giggles when I see $100+ lensboards for sale. Maybe I am in the wrong business.
I didn't think much, and started with a New Vue. Even that was enough to teach me the basics.
Originally Posted by Dan Fromm
i could make one myself with a router drill bit and some wood from a hardware store. i just set the drill to 61mm diameter and cut one.
how does this look?, with the advantage that the filter holder goes infront of the lens, freeing you from buying different filters for each lens.