Hi there - new to this forum and this type of photography - having been using MF for a long time, I have moved up - I have purchased 10 x 8 camera and need a couple of bits of advice...
1) lense - I am going with 240mm which seems "normal" wide angle from everything I have read in the last few months. Was thinking of a Schneider I found used here in the UK, but have it has a couple of marks on the shutter coating which despite the shops claim that it won't affect the performance - i feel it will...any thoughts?
Also - how would this compare with a similar size Sinaron/Sinar? - found in another shop, but in very good condition (but almost twice the price).
Any other types / manus at the Schneider type of level would be appreciated.
I am shooting landscapes predominantly, don't need loads of movement (maybe a few degrees of tilt) during daylight hours (early monings mostly).
2) Mounting - I have a Really Right Stuff ballhead set up on Bitzo Carbon Tripod. I have gone with a traditional wooden field camera for my 10 x 8. Will it be too heavy with an arca plate into the clamp on my ball head - in theory the ball head says it can take quite a lot of weight (can't remember the exact rating), but i wondered how it would work in the field...?