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vchakra85
11-May-2017, 05:47
I already have other account but some how I get bugged.
Please look at thoose offers and tell me if thia set is good to make portrait photos on streets.I need this to work
Look at this on eBay http://www.ebay.de/itm/192178634244

Look at this on eBay http://www.ebay.de/itm/192179573324

Look at this on eBay http://www.ebay.de/itm/192180428953
For me the lens seems expensive.What caracteristic should have the lens for portrait photos?

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Steven Tribe
11-May-2017, 07:31
Questions about on-going auctions (especialy where value is implicit) get removed.

However, the set idea looks to be good and the lens quite reasonable! The seller is active here!

In a month from membership you could post a "wanted" advert here in a section you can't access until then!

Kevin J. Kolosky
11-May-2017, 09:43
I would think that you would want something that has a good reliable shutter. If you are going to shoot 4 x 5 a lens of approximately 210 mm to 240 should work well. There are a lot of very good 210 mm lenses for sale for less than $300 and if you shop around a bit you might even find a good one for under $200.00.

If your just doing portraits and not moving around a lot, a good used calumet 4 x 5 would work well and be cheap enough that you could also afford a halfway decent tripod and a light meter.

Dan Fromm
11-May-2017, 10:33
if thia set is good to make portrait photos on streets.I need this to work[/B]


If you are going to make portrait photos on the street and sell them on the spot you need to use instant film (Impossible? Fuji?) or you need what's called an Afghan camera. The rig you've shown us is not an Afghan camera and can't use instant film. Educate yourself more before spending a kopeck.

For information about Afghan cameras, see http://www.afghanboxcamera.com/

jim10219
11-May-2017, 11:48
I'd be weary to spend money on such an old camera for your first large format. They often have issues and need repairs and special handling. They can be a real joy to use and look at, but can also be a money pit of constant repairs. My first large format was a Sinar F1. It's new enough that reliability hasn't been an issue. My second large format was a Graflex Speed Graphic. It's quite a bit older and I've had to do a bunch of repairs to it to get it working properly. I enjoy that type of stuff, but after the cost of repairs, the Sinar F1 which was newer and more expensive to begin with, has actually proven to be cheaper in the long run.

That tripod would probably work if you don't plan on moving it around much. It looks bulky and heavy. That means it would be good for standing still in the wind, but would not be fun to transport very far or very often.

Also, are you planning on doing wet plate or film? With film, you'll probably need a shutter. So I'd look for a lens with a wide aperture, focal length of around 200-350mm, and a built in shutter. Plus it may be a good idea to get a lens hood and find a modern one with multicoating to help cut down on glare. If you're going to be shooting mostly outdoors, flare might be a persistent issue.

Also don't forget the film holders, dark cloth, light meter, and probably a focusing loupe. And any developing and processing equipment if you plan on doing that yourself. You might be best off starting with a book or something to figure out all of the little bits and pieces you need to go along with the camera. It's a lot more than just a body, lens, and tripod.

Jac@stafford.net
11-May-2017, 13:01
What Dan Fromm wrote. Re-read it.

Don't be sucked into looking like an old time street photographer by obsolete cameras and matching tripods. That's just Halloween comic material.

Here is a guy who does it very well (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_Mendes), perhaps the best. Different camera. He is all personality.

jnanian
11-May-2017, 15:45
speaking of afghan cameras
you might look at the work of
joe van cleave, i couldn't find
his project here on this site
but found it on apug.
http://www.apug.org/forum/index.php?threads/instant-box-camera-project.123204/

its also called
a Kamra-e-faoree and here's a fun video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18-5xaVfhR8&feature=youtu.be

good luck !
john

vchakra85
12-May-2017, 07:03
If you are going to make portrait photos on the street and sell them on the spot you need to use instant film (Impossible? Fuji?) or you need what's called an Afghan camera. The rig you've shown us is not an Afghan camera and can't use instant film. Educate yourself more before spending a kopeck.

For information about Afghan cameras, see http://www.afghanboxcamera.com/
Freind I am goind to flush the films on the street in portatil dark room

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vchakra85
12-May-2017, 07:05
The point is using old looking camera so I can track the tourists

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vchakra85
19-May-2017, 11:06
I am sory for the noob question,what should I type in e-bay search for lense?When I make search 240mm lense it shows very diferent stuff

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Dan Fromm
19-May-2017, 11:12
Don't search. Click on this URL: http://www.ebay.com/dsc/Cameras-Photo/625/i.html?_from=R40&LH_TitleDesc=1&_nkw=lens+%28%22large+format%22%2C+%224x5%22%2C+%224+x+5%22%2C+%225x7%22%2C+%225+x+7%22%2C+%228x10%22%2C+%228+x+10%22%2C+%22grand+format%22%2C+%229x12%22%2C+%229+x+12%22%2C+%2213x18%22%2C+%2213+x+18%22%2C+%2218x24%22%2C+%2218+x+24%22%29+240mm++-%28canon%2C+contax%2C+pentax%2C+samsung%2C+sony%2C+minolta%29&_trksid=m570.l1313&_odkw=lens+%28%22large+format%22%2C+%224x5%22%2C+%224+x+5%22%2C+%225x7%22%2C+%225+x+7%22%2C+%228x10%22%2C+%228+x+10%22%2C+%22grand+format%22%2C+%229x12%22%2C+%229+x+12%22%2C+%2213x18%22%2C+%2213+x+18%22%2C+%2218x24%22%2C+%2218+x+24%22%29+240mm++-%28canon%2C+contax%2C+pentax%2C+samsung%2C+sony%2C+minolta%29&_osacat=625

vchakra85
20-May-2017, 01:41
So 8x10 lense can cover 4x5 but 4x5 cant cover 8x10 right?And all are same dimension?What mean 240-the aperture?

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