Using sheet film is not difficult, you just need to learn how and that will involve making mistakes. There's huge list of ways to screw up an LF exposure, so do it the cheapest way possible. You can get X-ray film for about the cost of 4x5, maybe less. If it encourages you at all, I bet it's been 20 years since I trashed a sheet of 8x10 film.
Originally Posted by msbarnes