They're really neat cameras. When I bought it, at a gun shop of all places!, I asked, "How are the pictures?" "Soft" replied the owner. Well, there were two reasons for this. First, there was a nylon stocking taped over the back of the lens. Second, the ground glass was installed backwards. Once these were taken care of, the Ilex lens was a great performer. Chris Perez tested it, and you can see the results for yourself on his site.

I'm bummed that I sold mine, but I really didn't get to do much large format portraiture. My friends won't put up with the effort it takes. Plus it gets old clearing all the furniture out of the dining room.