As far as free, sure why not, some photographers have huge collections of unused LF cameras just collecting dust, if I got one, And enjoyed it enough to move up to a nicer one, I would pass the one I was gifted on to another and get them hooked, pass it on, get more new LF shooters and keep LF film alive.
I gave away one of my Canon AE-1's to someone and now they shoot film when they didn't before.
And I often lend my other AE-1 to newbies. I wouldn't sell my 1V as it is my backup/second to my 5D for weddings and other paid gigs.
And my first AE-1 was gifted to me when I was 12.
A brownie was gifted to me which is what got me into MF...
See a pattern?
I value the photography world, but to help support each other, we sometimes need to "help a brotha out" in the beginning. Since I'm not in school to borrow a LF camera and don't know anyone that has one, its a big investment to just jump right into with no knowledge, and asking for a working LF 4x5 when there are tons out there not being used, it's not such a crazy thing.
The Noteworthy Ones - Mamiya: 7 II, RZ67 Pro II / Canon: 1V, AE-1 / Kodak: No 1 Pocket Autographic, No 1A Pocket Autographic
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