A good site for seeing the qualities of wood compared to each other is http://www.woodworkerssource.net/index.php

You'll get a grin out of purpleheart compared to others.

I'm building my wife's new 8x10 out of willow. Mine's out of walnut. I thought about teak or zebrawood, but since its my first run at building a camera I went with a cheaper wood.

Steve