I prefer wooden cameras because they tend to be lighter than metal ones. I owned a Zone VI re-branded Wista that had a front standard that didn't lock down very well, replaced it with a Zone VI brand camera about 8 years later and still use it. I own an 1895 whole-plate camera that produces good, sharp negatives and has no problems with wood beyond screw holes that were a bit enlarged and wobbly. I bought some larger brass screws, problem solved. The Korona 8x10 I owned had more problems from worn-out metal components than anything to do with the wood.

Peter Gomena