Well, I'm still trying to settle on a field camera to mainly use for wide-angle (but not super-wide angle) landscape work in 4x5 or 6x12 and then environmental portrait work. Given that intended use I don't need extensive movements. So again it's down to doing a Kerry-like conversion of a Crown or going with either a Horseman HF or FA. The criticisms of the Horseman I've found in the archive are:
(i) controls are too small for gloved use in winter,
(ii) back tilt and swing use the same control which limits the range of the use of either alone,
(iii) cannot use lenses with too large rear elements,
(iv) cannot use lenses wider than 75mm (with that iffy) or longer than 240mm (without adding accesories),
(v) only a very few lenses can fold up mounted.
OK, so have I missed anything about the Horseman's limits (I do realize the HF is a good deal lighter than the FA)? And, when everything is said and done, would it just make more sense to just go with something like the Wista DXIII that would allow easy mounting of a 6x12 back but be, on the whole, more flexible for someone starting out in large format with the needs I have specified above?
Again, I appreciate the help here.