Hi everyone! I am brand new to this forum and to LF photography. This looks like a fabulous resource so let me just begin by saying "Thanks" to those who maintain this site and make all this great info available.
I specialize in product/advertising photography and am just getting my feet wet in the commercial world. Fun stuff! I am looking to get a good view camera for studio use and have found what I think will do the job but would appreciate advice from you veterans. First of all the Horseman 450 I have found is in excellent condition - looks almost new. It comes with 1 lensboard and a ground glass that can be attached to the camera in either the portrait or landscape orientation. The glass looks clean, all movements are smooth, and the shop is asking $650 for it. Good deal?
Now for some more general questions. I beleive I will need to start with a 210 mm lens - any really bad ones that I should stay away from?
Where is the most economical source for film? B&H? Freestyle? Who?
Are there any good labs in the Charlotte NC area that ya'll know of? What about mail order labs (where I send them the film). Yes, I know I can develope b&w at home but I've been digital for years so lets take this LF thing one step at a time :-)
And finally, I would like to be able to scan my own film and am looking at the Epson 4870. Should I get the pro version or will the regular one do? Any lower cost alternatives that will yield the same quality?
I know I've asked alot of questions but I'm very excited about this whole LF adventure! Remember when you started learning about this stuff? It was fun and terrifying at the same time, right?! Anyway, I really appreciate the guidance! Here's to a happy holiday to you all!!