I have been active (and occasionally inactive) in photography for more than four decades. Photography is currently a semi-profitable avocation,occasional jobs (= cash received) for "industrials" or weddings, portraits, etc. I'm seriously considering move to add LF to my repetoire, but still have questions, even thoug h I've been reading this forum for quite some time.
Factors: 1) Last time I used large format (Graflex) was when Ike was president and I was in high school. 2) Contemplative nature of LF appeals to me (a real change from day-to-day rat race). I find myself using a similar approach in MF work. 3) Portability and flexibility (max movements for buck/weight) are important in my decision. 4) Primary LF interests are architecture and landscape. I can envision some cl ose-up projects in the future, after I feel comfortable with LF.
I have found what seem to be good deals on both Calumet Cadet and Toyo 45CX. Bo th include equivalent lenses (Rodenstock/Caltar II 150/6.3. I'm inclined to ask dealer(s) for upgrade on lens. A field LF such as a Toyo A/AII/AX also seems i nteresting. Yes, I have seen many posts suggesting a Graflex, but really don't want to go th at route. Best idea, of course, is to find a well-stocked shop, and get my hands on a coup le of cameras, and decide which is best. I've only found one shop in the area wi th a camera to feel/touch/try. Does anyone know of any shops within a reasonabl e driving distance of Annapolis, MD which might have more in stock than 1 Toyo 4 5CX and one Toyo 45Ax?
Questions: 1) Light monorail or field - Opinions, please. (Given that I am no longer a sp ring chicken, hikes over 10 Km carrying 20Kg+ no longer appeal). 2) First lens - 135mm, 150mm, or longer? 3) At what point (considering the architecture interest) should I start thinkin g about WA lenses (<135mm) and Center Filters?
Thanks for assistance/answers/suggestions.