Put it this way ... some of the best portrait work ever done utilized big view camera and lenses far
more primitive than what has since been made. Look at the damn auction prices, and what some
folks are willing to spend on a classic 1920's portrait lens without even a shutter, for example. I've
found that subjects are more cooperative, whether in studio or in enviro portraiture settings, if they
know it's serious. In other words, a big 8x10, darkcloth, and groundglass image actually helps. But
as insurance, I made it a habit of keeping either a MF or Nikon with a long portrait lens nearby,
just in case.