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    Re: Is this a good buy?

    Thank you everyone, I appreciate all the responses. I’m going to give this one a pass and keep looking with some new criteria in mind.

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    Re: Is this a good buy?

    I'd say it depends on what the seller is willing to accept. If the bellows are light tight I'd think around $250 would be a very good deal, just because you'll have everything you need except film and a tripod and an old Tiltall should carry it just fine. Carol at Flutot's in Whittier can do a cla if the shutter needs it.
    This is a classic monorail with metal parts. More modern monorails use a lot more plastic and broken knobs can be an issue with a heavily used camera.
    I have a Graphic View II which is very similar, being old school and metal.
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    Re: Is this a good buy?

    Quote Originally Posted by Justin Roxbrough View Post
    Thank you everyone, I appreciate all the responses. Iím going to give this one a pass and keep looking with some new criteria in mind.
    I'm glad you passed on it. I did not want to lead with negativity but in my experience the camera is largely suited to studio work, out of the elements, especially a breeze. The lenses are no prize, either.

    Stay in touch with us. Good luck in your pursuit.

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    Re: Is this a good buy?

    There’s a nice Wisner 4x5 technical field offered for sale in the classifieds here....
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    Re: Is this a good buy?

    Don't do it.

    The character of this offer screams to me that there is someone wanting to do a lot of money. He wants 250 US$. That's a hell of money. You can get an Intrepid 4x5 - NEW!

    He writes "Price negotiable." Do you really want to negotiate? If he sells it for 50 US$, you can take it, but what do you want to achieve with these lenses on this camera?

    • The Angulon is rather old, pre-war, you can't shift or tilt it, image circle is too small. The lenses aren't coated. You will have less contrast.
    • The shutter seems to be old, you will not find light meters any more that show you a 1/50th second. You can't attach modern flashes, you will have to fiddle to control aperture (small indications without stops).
    • The price is too high; you can get an impeccable Cambo SC-2 by spending 100 US$. Or a Horseman L, a Linhof Kardan ...
    • There are lighter cameras and there are cameras with a shorter rail, too, to store the thing in a smaller box or in your backpack.
    • The bellows needs to have a rebuilt, as the vendor is writing ("may need some maintenance") - newer cameras often don't need this maintenence.
    • Do you really want to slip under this 60 years old dark cloth, stored in a box whose foam is deteriorating?


    Save your money and buy yourself an actual camera in a few months.

    If it's urgent, get a Horseman/Cambo/Sinar/Linhof (100 US$), a Fujinon W 5.6/135 (120 US$), six Riteway/Fidelity holders (50 US$) and some filters (yellow, orange, red and green) and that's it. Use your vest as a dark cloth.

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    Re: Is this a good buy?

    "...you can get an impeccable Cambo SC-2 by spending 100 US$. Or a Horseman L, a Linhof Kardan ..."

    Really? I sincerely doubt your price and condition optimism.

    Giving a newbie impossible goals can scare them away.

    I also see you don't own anything you recommend...yapn

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    Re: Is this a good buy?

    Quote Originally Posted by Randy Moe View Post
    "...you can get an impeccable Cambo SC-2 by spending 100 US$. Or a Horseman L, a Linhof Kardan ..."

    Really? I sincerely doubt your price and condition optimism.

    Giving a newbie impossible goals can scare them away.

    I also see you don't own anything you recommend...yapn
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    Hi everyone, just as an update, I ended up buying a camera today. I picked up a Cambo SC. It came with an Ilex Acuton 150mm fitted to a copal #1, 6 sheet film cartridges, a case, dark cloth, and change bag for $250.

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    Re: Is this a good buy?

    That's a rather versatile camera. A bit heavy for field work but that has never stopped me from using one in the field. Do you have a stout tripod?

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    Re: Is this a good buy?

    Cool and weight is very good for stability in wind.

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