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    11x14 Camera recommendation?

    I was given some good information relating to my possible format change up to 11x14 in a previous thread I started.
    Can anyone that has worked or is currently working in this format recomnend a maker.
    I have narrowed my choices down to the Canham (light weight but $6000.00), Wisner P lightweight (lightweight $4000.00, delivery issues?), or Phillips (If I can get it?) I'm leaning towards the Wisner.
    Any other suggestion's would also be greatly appreciated.

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    11x14 Camera recommendation?

    Hi Michael,

    It's a "no brainer". Jim, at Midwest Photo Exchange, in Columbus, Ohio, has a new (demo) 11x14 Tachihara listed on his website for $2,995. He also lists the 11x14 wooden Tachihara film holders for $299. Don't under estimate the build quality of the Japanese Tachihara cameras. They have been making cameras for a long time. Jim will be back in the store tomorrow (Friday) at 10AM Eastern. You can E-mail him today (jim@mpex.com).

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    11x14 Camera recommendation?

    Last I heard Dick Phillips has one new 11x14 left. Contact him now if you want it!

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    11x14 Camera recommendation?

    I have the Wisner P and like it alot. The best advice would be to talk to Jim at Midwest as suggested above; I bought my camera through him and it was easy. You can talk to him about the different models of cameras at the same time. I suspect there is normally less of a delivery issue if you go through the dealer, rather than ordering directly from the factory.

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    11x14 Camera recommendation?

    The 11x14 Tachihara is *extremely* heavy - manufacturer's specification is 15 kg. Yes, that's kilograms, not pounds.

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    11x14 Camera recommendation?

    Before even thinking of a Wisner, go back & search all the topics on his "service" and problems with the camera... then buy a Philips or Canham or something else & save yourself a lot of headaches.

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    11x14 Camera recommendation?

    If you are interested in the Wisner "P" series I'm a Wisner ULF dealer and am having (1) new 7x17, and have already in (1) 12x20 P with 11x14 reducing back (due in) within 2 weeks. If you got the 12x20 with 11x14 back you would have 2 cameras in one.If you are set on an 11x14 alone it will take 6 to 12 months to get it in. I live 1.5 hours from the Wisner factory and will go through the camera personally before shipping to you. This is very, very important. You can visit my website www.deleon-ulf.com for more info or contact me personally. Emile.

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    11x14 Camera recommendation?

    Go with the Canham or Philips save yourself a lot of problems I will be ordering a 14x17 canaham from Jim at midwest
    when he gets back Fri no more Wisner B.S for me.Good luck with whatever camera you choose

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    11x14 Camera recommendation?

    If that's not a typo, then the Tachi weighs just about double the Canham. Then again, the price is half, and the availability is today. Still, I vote for the Canned Ham. Assuming it is too late to get the Phillips, that is.

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    11x14 Camera recommendation?

    Dick Phillips had two ready-to-ship horizontal only 11x14s as of two weeks ago from a batch he made last year. If you will not be needing a reversible back, then his camera would be a really good option.

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