I have decided to take the plunge and supplement my Canon Elan with an LF camera. I've decided to get a 4x5, since I have an Omega D-series enlarger and that's the most it will take. Seeing as I have some skill with carpentry and love to work with my hands, I would like to build it myself. The amount of time and tools needed for assembly is irrelevant (assuming I don't need access to a 5-axis CNC milling machine, a TIG welder, and a vertical bandsaw; if I need that, I'll put the camera on hold for a while). I have seen the Bender 4x5 and read a lot of reviews, nearly all positive, so I think I will get it, but does anyone know of any other kits out there? I don't want to be having a case of buyer's remorse because I see another one ten minutes after I place the order.
(Just for information's sake, one reason I'm going with LF is that windows and frames seem to feature prominently whenever I go out and burn up a roll of 35mm on whatever catches my eye, and I would love to be able to keep the lines straight rather than converging in my shots. Another reason is the fact that I can get my parents to help me with the cost of the camera this year, but after I move to college in the fall, no luck. I'd rather foot the bill for a MF than for an LF camera, lens, other accesories, and all the tools my parents have that I would be using to build it.)