One photographer's gear list:
1 8x10 view camera with 20 holders and 4 lenses: Cooke convertable,
10" Wide Field Ektar, 9" Dagor, 6.75 wide angle Wollansak
Three exposure meters
Filters: K1, K2, Minus Blue, G, X1, A, C5, B, F, 85B, 85C and light
balancing series 81 & series 82
lens brush, Stop watch, level, thermometer, focusing magnifier, &
special storage box for film
Extensive 35mm, medium format, and 4x5 outfits
Big flash equipment
Cadillac Eight passenger limousine with 5x9 platform on top
The photographer was Ansel Adams. and the list was compiled
from a 1957 movie.
Meter- 8x10 film is too expensive to guess with
Dark cloth-big towel works in a pinch and if you are a bit on the hefty side a sweat shirt will too. Skinny people don't have this option
Filters-I think they are necessary
The most important thing to do with 8x10 or any LF camera for that matter is to actually have loaded film holders when you want to take a picture. I have saved lots of film by going out on a trip with empty film holders. It happens to more people than you would think.
Has someone listed the "patience of Job" yet? You will make every imaginable mistake with this camera, and possibly even invent new ones. (Just this last week, I removed a film holder from my camera before replacing the darkslide. That's a new one for me. :confused:) Don't let the mistakes wear you down; learn from them. Eventually, you will chip away at enough of the things that don't make a good picture and start to get photos that actually look like what you imagined when you plopped your tripod down in virgin soil.
Cheers, and welcome to the dark side (darkslide?).
One mistake that really irritates me, and that I still do, is after making an exposure, putting the dark slide back in silver side out and not noticing until I have forgotten which side I just used. DAMN! No way I can make another exposure with that holder. Probably should come up with a numbering system written on the holders and always use them in order. I would forget that too though.
Originally Posted by Toffle
Pretty much what I do. I write in my notebook each film holder and what film I've loaded it with. As I use them, I cross them out in the book and on a seperate page record any exposure info I want. I do flip the dark slides but don't rely on them, I go by what my book says.
Originally Posted by dpurdy
Not sure where you're coming from with you question. A basic kit needs camera, lens, film holder(s), dark cloth, loupe, exposure method (meter, a camera with inbuilt meter or guesswork like sunny 16), tripod and something to carry it in. My 4x5 kit is pretty much that except I have 3 lenses. Actually I have a bag bellows too which I never use as I have hardly used my 90mm lens (I can use the normal bellows if not needing movements).
Originally Posted by PhotOptik
Sound like you have all that in this kit, plus the requirements to develop/print the film too. Kits generally go for less than the sum of their parts, but is it an option to select individual items or would the person selling this only want to sell it all at once.
Just my thoughts...
A mini-van for transport?:whistling:
Some Mistletoe might also help...