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Thread: Want to replace Chamonix, field camera or medium format suggestions?

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    Imagowan
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    Re: Want to replace Chamonix, field camera or medium format suggestions?

    Update:

    This weekend I rented a Linhof Technikardan 45s 4x5. I learned something- My chamonix by comparison is nothing in terms of complexity (I also just realized I have the f2, previously I thought the N2, although I don't know why). So this lead me to take out my Chamonix. I bought a Harrison pup tent recently and for the first time in over a year I loaded 4x5 film. Not as hard as I remember with the tent. I think the f2 has a few more movements than the N2, which is perhaps part of why to me it feels/felt complicated. But after staring at the Linhof- which was gorgeous, but so so soso sooo not for me- I realized wow, my Chamonix actually isn't too intimidating. Maybe the problem is me- my wanting results and being impatient. I am excited to try and shoot with it again. At least this will inform what I do or don't want. Before I was just recalling my fear around the camera. Let see what happens... Also, a very kind acquaintance was kind enough to allow me to borrow his Mamiya 7II, which I feel very grateful to have the opportunity to try out. While he is not a photographer, he is enough of an enthusiast and hobbyist to have four lenses WOWZA. I am trying to under my relationship to these lenses in terms of what I like and what sort of images I make. I am going to let myself to screw up- to make images, even if bad simply because. I am looking forward to this. My hope is I learn something about my process moving forward as well as my relationship to what I want to shoot and how I want to accomplish it. Any ideas please keep posting and I will continue to update. thanks guys!

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    Imagowan
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    Re: Want to replace Chamonix, field camera or medium format suggestions?

    What auction sites would you recommend. Thank you in advance (assuming something other than ebay?)

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    Re: Want to replace Chamonix, field camera or medium format suggestions?

    Quote Originally Posted by Songyun View Post
    Issy, I think we have met in Adorama. Have you thought about a non-folder? Ever since I got my Chamonix 45-H1, I have put F1 in the storage. It is a bit bulky though. Do you still live in NYC? If so, I can show you my non-folder.
    What are your thoughts on the h1?

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    Re: Want to replace Chamonix, field camera or medium format suggestions?

    Quote Originally Posted by Imagowan View Post
    What are your thoughts on the h1?
    H1 has become my go-to camera, F1 is my backup now. The only thing that I miss is the focus knob on F1, which only require one hand operation. It is slightly bulky than F1, but I put a 150 or 90nikon swim the camera all the time, so I can pull out and shoot quickly. I will drop you an email and give you my number, drop me a message when you are in NYC.

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