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    Finally Got a Field Camera!

    I'm a long time DSLR photographer and have been shooting large format for the past year with a Sinar F1.

    My photography involves long hikes in the high country, many time with 4000 ft elevation changes and 10+ miles of back country hiking.

    Needless to say, the Sinar was starting to weigh me down.

    I finally found a field camera in my price range at KEH. It is a rosewood Zone VI Wista 4x5 in excellent+ condition for $525.00.

    It arrives tomorrow. I can't wait to get it up into the high country!.

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    Re: Finally Got a Field Camera!

    Congratulations! There is no more fun than a nice mountain trip making LF photographs. Enjoy!

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    Re: Finally Got a Field Camera!

    You're going to wonder why you stayed with the Sinar so long after being with the Wista for about five minutes.

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    Re: Finally Got a Field Camera!

    The package arrived today. It was so light, I thought that they might have forgot to pack the camera .

    Opening the package revieled a brand new looking Wista Zone VI. It looks like it has never been used! Beautiful wood without a single scratch and perfect ground glass. The only thing that doesn't make it absolutely perfect is a couple of slight wrinkles in the bellows.

    I can't believe the deal I got on this camera, $525.00. The new version goes for nearly $3000.00 at B&H.

    I already shot 4 sheets through it at my shop. I just couldn't wait for the weekend to take it to the mountains.

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    Re: Finally Got a Field Camera!

    Here are a few photos of the new (to me) camera. The bellows are a little wrinkled, but it is in great shape otherwise.

    Wista-Zone-VI-1 by Colorado CJ, on Flickr

    Wista-Zone-VI-2 by Colorado CJ, on Flickr

    Wista-Zone-VI-3 by Colorado CJ, on Flickr

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    Re: Finally Got a Field Camera!

    Beautiful camera! And at an awesome price also.
    Zak Baker
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    Re: Finally Got a Field Camera!

    That's a great camera. I have a somewhat later version of it, and love it.

    Good shooting. ;-)

    - Leigh
    If you believe you can, or you believe you can't... you're right.

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    Re: Finally Got a Field Camera!

    Quote Originally Posted by Light Guru View Post
    Beautiful camera! And at an awesome price also.
    I grabbed it as soon as KEH listed it, my credit card is still smoking from how fast it was taken out of my wallet

    Quote Originally Posted by Leigh View Post
    That's a great camera. I have a somewhat later version of it, and love it.

    Good shooting. ;-)

    - Leigh
    Thanks, I see this camera being with me for many decades.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dakotah Jackson View Post
    They really are pretty cameras. Now you have to find a field to use it in.
    Oh, I have plenty of fields to take it in, . This one is 30 minutes from my house.


    Horseshoe-Park----RMNP----RB67 by Colorado CJ, on Flickr


    Fall-in-the-Park by Colorado CJ, on Flickr

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    Re: Finally Got a Field Camera!

    I rode up into the high country today to try out the new camera. I shot all twelve sheets I had and I'm now developing them. I'm not sure if they'll be dry enough to digitize tonight.

    When I digitize them, I'll post them up. Anyway, here are a couple photos of the outing. The metal tripod will have to go. I am looking for either a reis or Berlebach wood tripod to go with the camera.


    20-July-2014-1 by Colorado CJ, on Flickr


    20-July-2014-2 by Colorado CJ, on Flickr


    This elk grazed right up to me as I was sitting and taking a break, its hard work hiking around at 12,000 ft.


    20-July-2014-3 by Colorado CJ, on Flickr

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    Re: Finally Got a Field Camera!

    Congratulations!
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