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    Hello all,
    I'm looking for a 2 1/4 square format with rise@ fall and shift capabillities.
    It needs to be light weight for travel with interchangable lenses and film backs.
    I have that comes close in mind but still looking for other options.

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    If you're tied to the square format, something like the Hasselblad Arc-body or Flex-body would be the thing. You'll have more options in 6x9 (which usually will take a 6x6 back), and the most if you look at a 4x5" with a rollfilm back.

    To see the range of possibilities, you might look at the camera reviews and other articles at http://largeformatphotography.info

    So, what's your budget? New or used? Monorail or folding field camera? What kinds of photographs do you want to make? Why 6x6 in particular? Do you need to be able to use very wide lenses? Do you want something with very precise, geared movements and scales, or is that not important to you?
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    Look at a Rollei SL66 - The front end swings up or down - not quite a view camera but bretty useful. Otherwise - I am not sure why you wouln't want to go to 4x5. That is really where you want to be if you want aspect control and make large high definition photographs. I guess you could look at the Fuji - is it the 680? anyway - although it is not the size of your film .... truely - size does matter.

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    Well David,

    I used horeman 4x5 for years, then wanted to become more mobil so I've been shooting with a Fuji 680 III But it still is cumbersome to carry 80lb's of camera on my back+ being an electronic camera it's some times temperamental. I really like playing with the horizen line in my imges (www.thomassauerweinstudio.com) so rise and fall ,shift are a must. Each camera offers a different perspective so having a 6x6 with those options who knows what oppertunities may rise. Other than convenience.
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    The only camera I know that fits your bill is the hasselblad flex body. Linhof makes a MF view camera for digital aplications, but I dont know that you would save that much on weight.

    Good luck, you will need it to find this kind of body.

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    http://graflex.org/speed-graphic/century-graphic.html

    How about one of those? You'd need to find the right rollback of course.

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    For hiking I've found my medium format gear is twice as heavy as the Anba feild camera and lenses. Get a quickload filmholder or Grafmatic backs and you are really travelling light. My tripod is the heaviest part of the kit and if I had enough money to splurge on a carbon fiber model the load would go down even more.
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    Look for a Galvin 6x9. It's a very lightweight compact monorail. I forget which types of backs it takes--probably anything that fits a 2x3" Graflok including various 6x6 backs, possibly RB style backs. They're no longer made, but Jim Galvin is still alive and well and will work on them. They're usually around $350 on the used market.

    There are also some 4x5" cameras that are considerably lighter than a Horseman, like the Toho Shimo or the Gowland, both weighing in at around 3 lbs. If you use Readyloads or Quickloads, you can probably do 4x5" with less weight than 6x6 using multiple backs, but rollfilm backs are always an option.
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