I have had lots of thoughts about this. The front standard is large because I have used the Sinar bellows from a mono-rail camera which do not taper as much as the bellows on most field cameras.

Because of this I am going to use the method Chamonix use which detaches the front standard from the sliding bed.

I am building a second camera with another set of bellows I have which will have the more traditional folding mechanism which I am copying from Wista.

There is a thread here with a discussion about the differences between the two cameras with some good detail pictures: http://www.apug.org/forums/forum44/1...ista-45dx.html