I built a Bender 4x5 when I was 16. It turned out pretty well, and is definitely a very light camera. However, I just found I didn't like working with it and by the end of that summer had saved up for and bought an old Linhof monorail. The Bender kits certainly yield a usable camera, but it is not precision, all too rigid, or for those with terribly exacting personalities. Half the point of buying it is really just the fun of building it. If you just want something cheap to start shooting 4x5 with, eBay and a used Cambo or Orbit seems the best way to go.