Quote Originally Posted by bblhed View Post
I know this is asking a lot, but seeing how a large format camera costs as much as a small car I want to be as informed as possible before I do it.
No, it does not cost as much as a small car. It is much less expensive. I recently bought a 4"x5" Pacemaker Speed Graphic and a 4"x5" Graflex Model D with lens for less than you would pay for a half decent [if they exist] DSLR. Included was a custom made plate to allow me to use a Graflok back on the Model D.

There are no stupid questions except the ones that were not asked and should have been. Also check out www.graflex.org, read all the sections on the home page and then go to the "Help Board". Another good resource is www.largeformatphotography.info.

You are in Connecticut and I am in Virginia, so you will need to find someone else who will allow you to touch their "unit" or "junk".