There have been several listings on Ebay recently in which a wooden field camera is identified as a Deardorff copy (don't recall the name offhand). I have heard others who have had experience with this particular camera say that it is not equivalent in any way, especially in "fit and finish". I guess one gets what one pays for. As someone once said "If it seems to good to be true, it probably is".
Along the line of lenses, I recently purchased a 610 mm Apo Nikor barrel mount lens. It was properly and adequately described by the seller. However, I had no concept from the ad what a hunk of glass this thing is, (almost 5 1/2 inches in diameter at the mounting flange). I am going to need three sherpas when I use in on my 12X20 (one for the camera, one for the holders, one for the lens). As for myself, I plan on carrying the meter and notepad.