Advice on LF cameras

Alan9940

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The only 4x5 camera I have owned is the Chamonix 045N-2. Its a really nice camera but I sometimes wonder having the focus knob in the centre just underneath the rear standard is a good idea. The more I look at the traditional rack an pinion design where your arms are out side the dark cloth to focus just seems a little more natural but I may be wrong.
The only thing I don't like about this setup, or any other LF camera that focuses only via the front standard, is that the sheer function of setting correct focus can change your composition; more critical when doing close-up work. Since I like to pay close attention to what's happening along the edges of my frame, I much prefer rear standard focus.
 

martin henson

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The only 4x5 camera I have owned is the Chamonix 045N-2. Its a really nice camera but I sometimes wonder having the focus knob in the centre just underneath the rear standard is a good idea. The more I look at the traditional rack an pinion design where your arms are out side the dark cloth to focus just seems a little more natural but I may be wrong.
Your not wrong mrB it’s in the worst possible place you could think of under a dark cloth with the loupe in another hand, bad design IMHO
 

Alan Clark

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Alan, thanks for mentioning Morley Baer. I had heard of him, but was totally unfamiliar with his work. So I looked him up. Wow! What wonderful photographs. Right up my street. Exquisite … Did he just do contact prints?
Looks like he used a "standard" lens a lot, which is interesting in the context of this thread which is about using a full range of focal lengths.

Alan
 

David M

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Alan,
I'm sure you are right. I'd give the same advice to anyone else. I do happen to like cameras themselves, although I'm not any kind of collector. Involuntary accumulator, perhaps.
The Intrepid works perfectly well, but a little extra convenience is always welcome. One thing I really would like them to do is to make the screw that holds the front standard a captive one. I'm sure there are Marks II, III and IV on the way.
 

Alan9940

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Alan, thanks for mentioning Morley Baer. I had heard of him, but was totally unfamiliar with his work. So I looked him up. Wow! What wonderful photographs. Right up my street. Exquisite … Did he just do contact prints?
Looks like he used a "standard" lens a lot, which is interesting in the context of this thread which is about using a full range of focal lengths.

Alan
Yes, I believe he did only contact prints from his 10x8 negs. Yep, many of the most famous photogs--like AA, for instance--used the standard 300mm focal length quite a lot. I mentioned his name only in the context of the beautiful work that can be done with minimal equipment.
 

Alan9940

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Alan,
One thing I really would like them to do is to make the screw that holds the front standard a captive one.
Yep, that sucker drives me bonkers! I'd, also, like it if the front standard moved a bit more smoothly; rise/fall and tilt.
 

Alan Clark

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Yes, I believe he did only contact prints from his 10x8 negs. Yep, many of the most famous photogs--like AA, for instance--used the standard 300mm focal length quite a lot. I mentioned his name only in the context of the beautiful work that can be done with minimal equipment.
Thanks again Alan. I have just ordered one of his books. Remembering Barns - California Plain.

Alan
 

Alan9940

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Not to spend your money... ;) But, one of my favorites of his is: Light Years, The Photographs of Morley Baer

Honestly, you can't go wrong with any of his books IMO!
 

Alan Clark

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Thanks Alan. Will look it up. Some of his books seem very expensive. The one I ordered was very cheap!

Alan
 

Alan9940

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Yep, a brand new First Edition (what I have) is ridiculously expensive IMO. That said, I've seen used copies selling for around $35US; a beautiful book at this price, if in decent condition.

Alan
 

Dom Palubiski

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Morley Baer's work looks incredible. I'll see if I can find his book I think.

I also think I agree with Alan and David. Might as well learn with what I have for now, but I think either the Arca Swiss or Chamonix may be my next step if I end up wanting a bit more.

As my first post here I am very thankful for everyone advice and words, just so you all know.
 

Dom Palubiski

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I was wondering about the Shen Hao cameras too. I hear they are copies of an older more well know brand (but somehow forgotten which one) .Anyone have any experience with them at all?
 
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