This page discusses the strengths and weaknesses of the Tech III at length:
and this one compares the Technikas with the Crown/Speed Graphics:
The main thing that jumps out for me with most of the early folding metal press/field designs is that they weren't designed to accept modern lenses because these didn't exist yet. Ergo, the ubiquitous and cheap but excellent 210 f/5.6 Plasmats won't fit inside some with the camera closed, rendering moot the folding camera advantages of speed of set-up and lens protection inside the housing. So you're stuck using old Tessar designs. Further, many have very limited moves (early Technika IIIs, no forward tilt, no bed drop!) Too, most early press cameras and even the Technikas aren't well suited to wide angles.
After a year of patient Googling and Ebay searching, I found a Meridian 45B that covers all these bases well.
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