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    help choosing an 8x10

    Hiya all, I'm looking at buying another lighter 8x10" camera without going completely overboard with the price. I am using a 8x10" Korona at the moment but that thing is a sumo, a real nightmare to schlep about.

    Would gravitate instantly to a Chamonix, owning a 4x5 version and loving it, but don't really want to pay close to 3k with postage and duties. Have seen how difficult it is to get one 2nd hand here too!

    So I'm now looking at a Gibellini WAN and a Svedovsky. Both a similar weight and price. Prefer the more classic look of the latter but realize it has no rear swing. Does this really matter when the front has swing?

    Anything else I should consider? Other camera options in the $2000 and lower range?

    Cheers, Gareth

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    Re: help choosing an 8x10

    Thanks, i imagined it had been covered!

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    Re: help choosing an 8x10

    FWIW, Koronas tend to be on the lighter end of the spectrum for the chosen format.
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    Re: help choosing an 8x10

    Actually you're totally right. Just had it on the scales.

    I thought it was going to be a big difference but it's exactly the same. 5kg :| Something had convinced me it was a lot heavier than the other two cameras I mentioned.

    Maybe I don't need an upgrade afterall. Or are the other two cameras going to be a lot more rigid? Bearing in mind I now use manfrotto long lens supports that lock things up which I previously never.

    Just saw a great mod on the thread you sent linked too.

    http://www.largeformatphotography.in...ard-conversion

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    Re: help choosing an 8x10

    https://intrepidcamera.co.uk/product...id-8x10-camera

    Worth a look, but they are at least a 12 week lead time.

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    Re: help choosing an 8x10

    Was also thinking intrepid until I was told any camera under 3.5kg will struggle with vibration. Is this really true? The wait is not a problem.

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    Re: help choosing an 8x10

    Quote Originally Posted by Jarvman View Post
    Was also thinking intrepid until I was told any camera under 3.5kg will struggle with vibration. Is this really true? The wait is not a problem.
    It all depends on how windy it is. Wind vibrates bellows like crazy especially if you have it stretched out very far.

    The Ritter weighs 6.4 lbs. My Wehman weighs 8.7 lbs. The lightweight Wehman weighed 7.2 lbs. The Wehman is no longer made. Used Wehmans and Ritters are hard to find. Chamonix 8x10's are a little heavier I believe and are also hard to find used.

    It's definitely a trade off going with a lightweight 8x10 camera but I can't carry around a metal Toyo.

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    Re: help choosing an 8x10

    I use two of these on the front and back rail of my 5x7 and 11x14 cameras. It really seems to help keep everything rigid at long extentions. I have never tried them outside in the wind though. Has been so long since I've shot 8x10 sheet film. It's always wet plate portraits indoors.

    http://whitemetal.com/canon/long_lens_support/index.htm

    I've also got the Brubaker wind stabilizer kit.

    http://www.filmholders.com/wskit.html

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    Re: help choosing an 8x10

    Supports are nice. I don't have anything like that but I don't shoot 8x10 if it is very windy. There is a lot of stuff to block the wind around here too. I used to do some architectural sheet metal. It could be fine on the ground but when you were atop a large building it could be quite windy. I remember strong breezes blowing foam roofing insulation all over! Wide open spaces can be rough for 8x10 too.

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