I just purchased a Tachihara and I am disappointed with the "stability" of the f ront standard. When all of the controls are locked, the front standard has signi ficant play, resulting from play in the front standard shaft and the plate attac hing to the focusing rail. Is this a significant disadvantage? Do all view camer as have this type of play? I am now thinking of a metal field camera like the Ho wland. However, I have not seen any mention of it on this website.