Quote Originally Posted by Rinthe View Post
Thank you all for the answers. Looks like it's better for me to start with 4x5... I will do more research on the LF photography forum. One dumb question, do large format cameras require a tripod or can i hand hold it?
There's a subset of LF cameras called "press cameras" which were designed for hand-holding. There's a great website at Graflex.org that is a fairly comprehensive site for the Graflex press cameras. The Busch Pressman cameras were also popular. There were some others, but I can't remember much about them.

That said, the vast majority of LF is tripod based. Why? The cameras are are often heavy, the shutter speeds are slow, and you can't use movements while hand-holding (it's nearly impossible to focus on a ground glass that's moving).