The best options for all-round LF work including hand held are MPP Micro Technical VII or VIII, Super Graphic and Linhof Technika late IV or V, that's in order of costs.
All 3 offer a good range of movements and are classified as Technical cameras because of their versatility, they are all metal bodied. Field cameras are wooden bodied & a touch lighter some offer slightly more movements but they aren't practical for hand held work. Press cameras like the Speed & Crown Graphics and MPP MicroPress have minimal movements and while cheap aren't ideal, I don't recommend them as a first 5x4 camera.
I have all three types (plus I had 2 monorails), my Wista 45DX field camera has been my main LF camera since the mid 1980's, however I began using a Crown Graphic for hand-held work about 4 years ago. More recently I've begun using a Super Graphic instead of both (here in Turkey) because it's great hand held and still has all the movements I require as well. I could have just as easily bought an MPP or Linhof, it was just a case of what came up first at a good price, and that was the Super Graphic. In practice I sold a monorail then bought the Super Graphic.
Hope that helps.
Last edited by Ian Grant; 03-01-2011 at 03:09 PM. Click to view previous post history.