....ditto; I like the camera and the photos are lovely as well.
The first real in-situ underwater photos were actually done with that format, a slightly bulkier version, in 1893 (5x7) and then in 1895 (8x10) by french scientist, diver and photographer Louis Boutan. David Stahl's looks a bit more compact, but is, partially due to the format, still pretty massive.
As an aside, I worked on a 8x10 a while back as well and later settled for 5x7 which gives me two exposures per dive, and configured as a 6x17 I have four exposures on a motorized rollfilm back per dive. I had the same problems: Bulkiness and weight, but got my 5x7" down to ~14kg in air and 0.2kg underwater. I found that DOF became so critical in 8x10 that in practicality it went past the sweet spot of resolution vs. focussing ability and thus I had to incorporate camera-tilt to maximise usefulness. Another guy though, Erick Regnard, has been using a 4x5" very successfully for deep wreck dives recently. LF underwater seems to have a second life!
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