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  1. Ian-Barber

    Ian-Barber Administrator Staff Member

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    Post some images of your camera(s)
     
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    Here's my Arca Swiss. It's nothing special but has been a very good and cheap introduction into LF for me so far. :)

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  3. Ian-Barber

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    How do you find carrying a mono rail round the landcscape
     
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    It's not that bad to be honest. I've got a pretty big back pack that I can carry it around in, but it needs to be taken completely apart, so that the bellows, lens, back and both standards fit in like a jigsaw. If I'm walking short distances and taking more photos I don't tend to pack it away though, I just walk around with the tripod over my shoulder with the camera on top.
     
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  6. Ian-Barber

    Ian-Barber Administrator Staff Member

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    I am surprised at what appear to be thin tripod legs carrying that weight
     
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    This is my Ebony RSW, I have used it for about 4 years, its got the top hat extension fitted in the photo so I can use my 210mm lens, its a great light camera, quick to set up, very well made and I do enjoy using it.

    However I do find the lack of some movements back and front limiting plus its close range ability is none existent to get really close.

    So just bought a second hand Ebony SV45TE , this has all the movements and I can let my creative juices flow lol, I think ;)

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    This is my camera - a Toyo 45a which is strong and fairly light making it pretty portable.I have a Nikkor W 180 mm lens and a 135 mm Schneider Symmar S which covers most of my requirements although later I would like a longer lens for portraits.

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    Hello Ian, yest it was too thin, so I bought a Ries tripod, far more heavy but also more accurate for the use of the big camera...
     
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    Why is there a gas mask in use?
     
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    I've used a tripod far flimsier looking beneath an 8x10 2D ;) A little Gitzo traveller, with the thinnest leg section unused. It worked...better than hand holding! My stronger tripod (a bigger manfrotto) isn't really up to the job either.
     
  12. Ian-Barber

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    I wanted to ask the same question :)
     
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    This is the last custom LF camera I built from a Polaroid 110a donor.

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    Interesting, there was one on ebay recently, can you get decent focus with it, I mean does it have a coupled rangefinder
     
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    Thanks. I removed the original top plate rangefinder entirely because I found it too small and uncomfortable to use. I machined a friction mount on the rear of the body and lasercut a new ground glass holder out of 6mm acrylic so I could slot it into place and focus as with most other LF cameras then remove it and insert a film holder to expose the image.

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    Very good, light and portable, you will not have any movements I guess ?
     
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    No, the front standard is fixed on these although I have seen a some builds where a new standard was machined to allow a small amount of movement. I built it with the intention of keeping it small/light and was able to carry it in a small shoulder bag with 2 film holders, ground glass and a compact tripod so I could take it to work and use it at lunchtime etc.
     
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    Yes there's is only one small ready built 4x5 out there as far as I know, and at this moment in time I cannot remember its name, age thing lol
     
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    Here's one of me with the Walker Titan SF from earlier this year. Note that the Paramo focusing cloth can be press studded together round the neck to hold it conveniently; and the Billingham waistcoat will happily hold 5x4 double darkslides. The tripod is a Manfrotto carbon fibre model.

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    I have been offered a Walker Titan complete with lens but just wasn't sure about the ABS plastic construction.

    I do like the dark cloth press studs idea
     

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