Discussion in 'Talk About Large Format Gear' started by Ian-Barber, Aug 9, 2016.
Post some images of your camera(s)
Here's my Arca Swiss. It's nothing special but has been a very good and cheap introduction into LF for me so far.
How do you find carrying a mono rail round the landcscape
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.
Me & my Kodak 2D 8x10
Moi 8x10 by Mathieu Bauwens, sur Flickr
I am surprised at what appear to be thin tripod legs carrying that weight
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
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.
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...
Why is there a gas mask in use?
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.
I wanted to ask the same question
This is the last custom LF camera I built from a Polaroid 110a donor.
Interesting, there was one on ebay recently, can you get decent focus with it, I mean does it have a coupled rangefinder
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.
Very good, light and portable, you will not have any movements I guess ?
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.
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
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.
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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