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    Re: Intrepid 8x10 Camera

    Remember, too, that using a lens at maximum extension on many 8x10s isn't all that much fun.
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    Re: Intrepid 8x10 Camera

    I'm in. This seems like a no-brainer. Right now I'm using an Ansco view that's 2X thicker, folded, and 3X heavier, but otherwise very similar. The Ansco has back swing, but no front; the Intrepid is opposite. Otherwise it's a wash. I never take the Ansco anywhere because it's too much work, but this one. . . I was initially wary, but then saw someone else's 4x5, and it's a very nice camera, smartly designed. My favorite focal length is around 14", so it's perfect for that.

    The only turn-off for me is the bare plywood look, but that's a small objection. When I get mine, maybe we will see how well black india ink sticks. :-) That's all it needs to be perfect.

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    Re: Intrepid 8x10 Camera

    Quote Originally Posted by mdarnton View Post
    The only turn-off for me is the bare plywood look, but that's a small objection. When I get mine, maybe we will see how well black india ink sticks. :-) That's all it needs to be perfect.
    The camera has a wax layer, so the question would be how the ink interacts with it.

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    Re: Intrepid 8x10 Camera

    I'm sure it won't stick. What I was thinking was take the base and try to clean off the wax with scraper and solvents, then color that, maybe more if I could reach it safely. Panda camera. This is not much different from what I do daily at work, except I don't have to work around bellows. :-)

    I make my lens boards of the same baltic birch, and a coat or two of india ink isn't a fine finish but it looks good enough, then a thin varnish over that, and. . . not too bad.

    It's probably more work than it's worth. Too bad they don't sell the camera parts as a kit, unfinished with the bellows detached.

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    Re: Intrepid 8x10 Camera

    Just amazed at the kickstarter results so far...and I'm surprised that the highest package is cheaper than most 4x5 field cameras on eBay but they give you a full arsenal for LF shooting.

    I wasn't really into the intrepid at first but after seeing their last photo on instagram (Easy carry photo) I think I'm definitely going to back them now. Hard part will be the wait

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    Re: Intrepid 8x10 Camera

    Quote Originally Posted by mdarnton View Post
    It's probably more work than it's worth. Too bad they don't sell the camera parts as a kit, unfinished with the bellows detached.
    Did you ask them?

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    Re: Intrepid 8x10 Camera

    Having handled one of the current production 4x5's, I think the 8x10 will be an extremely impressive camera for the price point. That said, it is all too easy to get the front standard to swivel around the single bolt attaching it to the base plate, even if the bolt is done up as tightly as possible - and as it seems the 8x10 will use the same means of attachment, the greater torque of a much larger front standard will, I suspect, make it much easier to knock the whole thing out of true. Sorting that problem properly would lift the camera from pretty good to exceptionally good.

    On the other hand, I prefer non-folding cameras with even fewer movements, so 8x10 for me is a choice of custom made, relatively expensive & a waiting list, or sitting down & designing one myself. Above all else, Intrepid have shown that making a remarkably capable LF camera is surprisingly readily achievable (& affordable) with modern CNC technology.

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    Re: Intrepid 8x10 Camera

    In a perfect world, I could purchase both the 4X5 and 8X10 versions, but in an even more perfect world, both would have rear tilt / swings - am I the only LF user who never uses front movements...?
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    Re: Intrepid 8x10 Camera

    i'm actually hope they will make 4x5 holder but size of 8x10, so there is no need to have additional back for 4x5, from another thread it was mention the 4x5 back for 8x10 might be hard to use because hard to pull the darkslide out from the holder because it is too close to the board.

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    Re: Intrepid 8x10 Camera

    I hope that some one will update this thread with an in-hand report on this new camera. I see that they opened up ordering of the 8x10 on their web site.

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