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    Finally got my LF camera after 25 years of indecision!

    Not only have I got my camera (Chamonix 045F1) but now I have joined the forum, I have got other LF photographers to talk to (a bit thin on the ground in the UK).

    If you have a moment you can read about my decision process on a blog I wrote on my website called 'The Lure of Large Format".http://charliefrancisphotography.com...-large-format/

    I'm delighted to have joined a worldwide group of fellow aficionados who have the same passion. Recently I gave a short talk at a camera club of over 100 members and not one of them owned a LF camera although one thought that a Hasselblad qualified.

    So good to be on board and look forward to learning all about the wonderful world of large format photography.

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    Re: Finally got my LF camera after 25 years of indecision!

    Charlie welcome, never too late to start

    'health warning/gear acquisition warning' - this is a seriously addictive passion, beware, it can then become truly expensive

    good luck and rgds

    andrew

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    Re: Finally got my LF camera after 25 years of indecision!

    Welcome Charlie,
    Andrew's right, you'll always seem to need (urgently) more lenses. Try not to see a 5x7 or an 8x10 negative, it'll cost ya!
    Pete.

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    Re: Finally got my LF camera after 25 years of indecision!

    Hello from France: Charlie, welcome to this International LF club.

    25 years, this is the approximate delay I needed before taking the plunge to LF photography after buying in 1975 a French book dedicated to medium and large format equipment and photography (Moyens et grand formats, by René Bouillot, Paul Montel ed., 1973)
    You'll not be surprised if I tell you that Internet was really "pushy" regarding my final decision for LF ;-)

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    Re: Finally got my LF camera after 25 years of indecision!

    Welcome. Enjoy the process.

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    Re: Finally got my LF camera after 25 years of indecision!

    A warm welcome from Tornado Alley. Get yourself a couple notebooks and a pencil . . . you're going to need it.
    "Photography is a marvelous discovery, a science that has attracted the greatest intellects, an art that excites the most astute minds — and one that can be practiced by any imbecile." – Nadar, 1856

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    Re: Finally got my LF camera after 25 years of indecision!

    Welcome Charlie. Look forward to some UK fotos.
    Regards

    Marty

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    Re: Finally got my LF camera after 25 years of indecision!

    Welcome, Charlie! All you need is a good camera and a good lens, and the will and perseverance to use them well! Beware the siren songs of extra lenses and larger formats, they'll doom your wallet to rocky shoals. But really, they are actually nice shoals, once you get to know them.

    Post some pics when you're ready!
    "It's the way to educate your eyes. Stare. Pry, listen, eavesdrop. Die knowing something. You are not here long." - Walker Evans

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    Re: Finally got my LF camera after 25 years of indecision!

    Better late than never~
    Welcome.
    Sometimes love just ain't enough.
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    Re: Finally got my LF camera after 25 years of indecision!

    The really great thing about 4x5 is that you will now be able to use lenses from any age of photography. I too have a Chamonix and like it a lot.

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