Good thoughts indeed, but I also would use this camera extensively hand held, and doing this, would probably never need any other FLs. The movements would be like an added bonus. The Speed is great, but the RF is good for my 127 only. The ability to change FLs in "the field" and still have RF focusing is a great advantage to my current setup.
I have a Kodak No. 2 5x7 with a brand new bellows that I just love. It doesn't also double as a handheld camera, though. It also does not have a Graflok, nor the build quality of a Linhof.
It is a hard decision. The kit makes me drool as a both a psuedo collector and as a shooter, and I would use it a lot.
I will check out the movements in detail before I make my decision. If the minimal movements on the camera cause vignetting with the original matching lens kit, that would be pretty poor design!
At any rate, I can always use different lenses for GG focusing, which is when I will be using mov'ts.
I will try to get pix of it at work this week. It is a beaut.
You may find that you can nowadays buy a Master Technika V for nearly the same money in good shape, without the lenses. Personally I'd much rather go this route; these work better with wide angles. Cams are available and the GG is zero'd so that they're all interchangeable instead of being filed to fit each individual lens and camera.
The lenses are nothing special, but they are cammed, so that makes them more desirable. You may find that you use them for rangefinder shots and use other lenses for shooting with movements and the groundglass. It's nice to have modern lenses that do double duty--big coverage and fast enough for handheld shooting--but then we're not talking about a 3-lens kit for around $1000.
I took some piX today. Sorry for the loss of detail. I did not put a lot of time into this, and used a pre existing lighting setup generalized for small, non-shiny objects. I am just learning to use Flicker. Hopefully this will work: http://www.flickr.com/photos/8266378...7621816935732/.
I did not shoot the Riteway holder or the lens hoods, meters, filter, cable releases, etc.
Biggest drag for me practically speaking? No optical finder. I will have to track one down, but they are pricey.
Like David said, these lenses are for hand held use primarily. I will eventually pick up some good lenses for mov'ts.
Out of curiosity, can we go into the "zeroed" ground glass thing. I don't quite get it, physically speaking.
Is there any way to convert a Tech. III to a "zeroed" type and use later cams?
The later cams don't fit into the shoe of the III. IV and later cams use the same shoe, but the IV doesn't have the zeroed groundglass.
The V and MT backs have an adjustable groundglass, so all bodies can be zeroed. I don't know if you can fit a newer back on a IV, so that it also could have a zeroable groundglass, but the back for the III is different.
In practical terms, the zeroed groundglass isn't as much of an advantage as it seems, because it's always a good idea to send the camera in anyway to have the rangefinder and groundglass calibration checked and the infinity stops and scales installed when adding a new lens to the kit. You can set the infinity stops and scales yourself, but Marflex or Linhof service can do other things like shimming lenses so that two lenses can share one set of infinity stops. For instance, a 90mm with the top rail in the retracted (-1) position can usually use the same stops as a 150mm, same for a 75mm and 135mm. Also, lenses with V/MT cams are few and far between, unless you order them new or they come with another camera body.
wow, very nice!
they say, once your camera-bits are all calibrated
your focus through the rf is perfect.
(more perfect than focus through the ground glass)
are you going to scotland with this ?
Just looked at the photos--very clean looking kit.
Lacking a zoom finder, do you have the sight that goes with the wire frame finder? It fits in the accessory shoe. I've never used one, but they show up on eBay with some regularity.
My question about this combo is, with the 90 and a bed that doesn't drop, can you go vertical using the revolving back-- and not have the bed in the image?