Regarding offsetting the hole in the lens board, you should read Kerry Thalman's review of the Toho. The lensboard is round, and there is a special eccentric lensboard with the hole off-center. The lens can be positioned differently by rotating the lensboard, thus helping to move coverage one way or the other.
It's only on Linhof Technikas and cameras that use their lensboards that the board is off center in the neutral position. I think it's just a function of how they have been constructed, historically or perhaps to make more room for the lensboard clamp on top or for the wire-frame finder that sits on the front standard on the older Technikas.
My pre-war Linhof Tech II actually does have significant front fall (but not as much as it has front rise), but not front forward tilt. If you want front fall on a newer Technika, I guess you would drop the bed, tilt the lensboard back to level, and then adjust up from there or turn the camera upside down and rotate the back.
</span><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (Prime @ Mar 16 2003, 12:39 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> I've read that drilling the hole off-center is actually fairly common. Probably a lot cheaper than buying a new Linhof.
Of course, you could drill the hole off-center, buy the Linhof anyway, then give that new camera to your best friend as a birthday present. Ah, well...just an idea.
Your best friend,
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Now I am really laughing! I really did do this - except it was an old Burke & James give away for a light weight Tachihara purchase. - Of course the Crown Graphix and the Speed Graphix had only rise - Good, I guess for buildings, but not good for landscapes. The Super Graphic had both rise and fall. I still have thoughts of getting a Super Graphix - nice camera - My medium format gear seems to make it a mute point and the only thing I would use it for is 4x5 hand held and I am not sold completely on that - hand held medium format is bad enough.