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    Inexpensive wood field camera source in Europe

    Janko,

    I recall reading that there are at least three Calumet Photographic stores located in Germany. I don't know if or what types of LF camera equipment they stock, but it might be worth checking out and least for a chance to see a model of a camera you're interested in close up.

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    Inexpensive wood field camera source in Europe

    Ciao Jako...here in Italy, sadly!!, the large format market is very very limited and there are not the kind of shops you're looking at...anyway there are some pro shops that sell used equipment, even if sometimes the prices of an used items are too high compared to the new USA market, that's why I agree with the advices you've been given here, it's cheaper to buy in the US, I usually do so...anyway, these are the links:

    http://www.ilcontatto.com/listini/listino8.htm

    http://www.fotodozzese.it/ElencoA.asp?Area=FDGrandeF

    http://www.smaf.it (click on "Usato" and than "Banco ottico" )

    Good luck!!

    Ciao

    Marco

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    Inexpensive wood field camera source in Europe

    Janko,

    could list some more LF shops in Europe, but none of them would be able to offer a price comparable to Badger or MPEX. Can recommend both shops from my own experience.

    It looks like with the current exchange rate buying in the U.S is the way to go...

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    Re: Inexpensive wood field camera source in Europe

    Hello, everyone.

    I am willing to go up in format. I am using 4x5, tried and loved 5x7, but with latter one -- quite an issue buying films, especially reversals. I am thinking of trying out 8x10 (from my 5x7 I've got couple of lense that cover 8x10, I want to see how logistics and operations with 8x10 work out for me) and came across Banco Ottico: http://www.ebay.de/itm/182571736683 . Has anyone tried it out? How is the build quality? How (un)stable is the camera itself?
    Thanks.

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    Re: Inexpensive wood field camera source in Europe

    You should probably use Google to search for this on this forum. On Google try "Banco Ottico: large format photography forum." I doubt that this old thread will give much visibility to your question.

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    Re: Inexpensive wood field camera source in Europe

    And that is how I ended up here. I cannot find any feedbacks on this camera so far and decided not to start a new thread.

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    Re: Inexpensive wood field camera source in Europe

    Not wood, but brand new and within budget

    https://www.theitaliancamera.com

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    Re: Inexpensive wood field camera source in Europe

    Quote Originally Posted by rezdm View Post
    And that is how I ended up here. I cannot find any feedbacks on this camera so far and decided not to start a new thread.
    That's interesting. I guess that camera has either not been in production long enough, or the photographers who have used the camera are not well represented on this Anglophone forum. If you do get one, please post a review for us in a new thread!

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    Re: Inexpensive wood field camera source in Europe

    someone on APUG has bought one..check there for more info..personally they are well overpriced!!

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