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    INTREPID CAMERA 4X5 Gen 2 Users & Reviews

    The first batch of 123 Gen 3 INTREPID 4X5 camera has shipped, with one received here.

    Took about 10 weeks from order. It seems to be a big improvement over the Kickstarter Gen 2 which I have not seen in hand.

    Just unboxed and it is impressively lightweight, yet both sturdy and fragile. It weighs 2 Lbs on my scale. It could have been lighter if they had omitted the very nice rotating back, which is like a Linhof in operation.

    The GG frame IS clamped with stretch cord. It works fine. The GG appears to be plastic and very bright.

    The red bellows is the nicest thing about it. And the rest is very nice!

    More later.

    Anybody else have one?

    Moderator's Note: At the OP's request, and reflecting information posted by the manufacturer of these cameras, the title of this thread has been corrected to clarify that the discussion is about the second-generation version of the camera, not the third, which as of this writing has not yet been released.
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    Re: INTREPID CAMERA 4X5 Gen 3 Users & Reviews

    No, but I am far more impressed by the materials/simplicity of design than any other recent project I have seen.

    As we have seen with other projects, production of "plastic" parts can be a risky business, whilst laminated wood parts are rock solid and can be made locally with simple and widespread technology. Any rumours of a 8x10 or larger?

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    Re: INTREPID CAMERA 4X5 Gen 3 Users & Reviews

    I don't know, check them and sign up for the Blog.

    It does look like they plan to be an evolving affair.

    For USA, VAT is dropped, making it cost less delivered than List price.

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    Re: INTREPID CAMERA 4X5 Gen 3 Users & Reviews

    Interesting. FWIW, the Intrepid site shows Gen 2 cameras, doesn't seem to mention Gen 3.

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    Re: INTREPID CAMERA 4X5 Gen 3 Users & Reviews

    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Fromm View Post
    Interesting. FWIW, the Intrepid site shows Gen 2 cameras, doesn't seem to mention Gen 3.
    They made a Gen 1 prototype, then a production Gen 2 KS run, which many here bought.

    So I call this Gen 3.

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    Re: INTREPID CAMERA 4X5 Gen 3 Users & Reviews

    After seeing them online, the price/weight, and the capabilities, I have been intrigued. I like that they've cut the weight so much. It's an ugly camera (the wood part) but whatever. I wish they had a cut-down version for 2x3 and/or ultrawide 4x5 (47-250mm lenses preferred) but that's just me. Might buy one sometime to try out as I'm not sold on the new Chamonix cameras (Chamonixes?)
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    Re: INTREPID CAMERA 4X5 Gen 3 Users & Reviews

    Quote Originally Posted by Randy Moe View Post
    They made a Gen 1 prototype, then a production Gen 2 KS run, which many here bought.

    So I call this Gen 3.
    Speak for yourself, not for the Intrepid folks.

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    Re: INTREPID CAMERA 4X5 Gen 3 Users & Reviews

    Quote Originally Posted by Steven Tribe View Post
    No, but I am far more impressed by the materials/simplicity of design than any other recent project I have seen.

    As we have seen with other projects, production of "plastic" parts can be a risky business, whilst laminated wood parts are rock solid and can be made locally with simple and widespread technology. Any rumours of a 8x10 or larger?
    I don't fully agree with your disdain for "plastic" bodies...
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    Re: INTREPID CAMERA 4X5 Gen 3 Users & Reviews

    Their FAQ suggests that there may be an 8x10 in 2017. Worth keeping an eye on them, I think.

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    Re: INTREPID CAMERA 4X5 Gen 3 Users & Reviews

    Quote Originally Posted by djdister View Post
    I don't fully agree with your disdain for "plastic" bodies...
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    I don't have any problem (And certainly no disdain for ..) for synthetic materials. I was just saying that simple construction, using readily available materials and simple manufacturing processes makes sense, when production quantities are always going to be low. And, of course, the price will encourage new entrants.

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