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    Good 4x5 Beginner Camera?

    I am flirting with the idea of getting a good 4x5 SLR entry camera. What brand and model would best fit a beginner to the medium format? Hopefully something not outrageously expensive, but one that still offers the opportunity to get new lenses, accerssories, etc. A more popular all-purpose type 4x5. Thoughts?

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    Start here
    http://www.viewcamera.com/pdf/VC_Getting%20Started.pdf

    Then here
    http://www.viewcamera.com/quality4x5.html

    Then answer this question-What do you want to take pichers of.
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    What type of subjects are you planning on shooting? Recommendations would be different depending on what you are wanting to do. However, I would suggest that you read this article as well. http://www.viewcamera.com/get_start_...ge_format.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by Huram
    I am flirting with the idea of getting a good 4x5 SLR entry camera.
    Huram
    Please forgive my ignorance, but I thought a 4x5 was a view camera and SLR was an entirely different species? Is there such a thing a SLR 4x5 camera?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rogueish
    Please forgive my ignorance, but I thought a 4x5 was a view camera and SLR was an entirely different species? Is there such a thing a SLR 4x5 camera?
    I am the ignorant one in this field, but hey, I guess there are SLR 4x5 cameras. Thanks, Andre, for not making me look too dumb

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    COOL! Does any one still make these? The paper (in the link) says prepared in 1951, are there newer models available. Old school tech is great but I'd like something a little newer than my 1958 Yashica (if possible)

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    Wisner makes a modern version of the 4x5 slr, but I think it's $3000-3500.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rogueish
    COOL! Does any one still make these? The paper (in the link) says prepared in 1951, are there newer models available. Old school tech is great but I'd like something a little newer than my 1958 Yashica (if possible)
    Ah... no.

    There is a Gowan 4x5 TLR out there. I shoulda picked up the one I saw on EBay a couple of years ago. I have a 150 Fujinon lens in shutter for the taking lens and a 150 Schneider lens in barrel for the viewing lens. It sold for over 500 bucks sans lens so that was a bit steep for my pocketbook. It did look like a neat camera.

    I make due with my 3x4 R.B. Graflex SLR.

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