Let me give you my advise, and I'm sure there will be a lot of additional wisdom from others too.
1. I think you meant "large format". Yes many come with shutter and otehrs are "in barrel" meaning no shutter. You'll get most use out of one with shutter.
2. The newer ones (1980s or so, and later) have PC. Some earlier ones use other connectors. Paramount can make cords with virtually any connector you need so the older styles are a minimal impediment.
3. For head-and-shoulders -- 210 or even better a 300 would be my suggestion.
4. The bigger the shutter the slower the top speed... generally speaking.
5. Someone else will have to answer this one... I don't really know the current tripod market.
6. Readiloads and the like are gone. You'll need to load film holders yourself. It is easy.
7. For the Cambo it is a metal board. They come in the basic shutter sizes and it is much easier to buy the board to fit your shutter than adapt the wrong size.
Last edited by BrianShaw; 12-23-2012 at 05:34 PM. Click to view previous post history.