The camera you get can make all the difference. I had one of the metal folding Kodak 8x10's and hated it. It just didn't work with my photo style at all. Was so unfriendly I gave up 8x10. Sold it to a friend & he uses it constantly & loves it. Got a nice older Deardorff & it 'fits' like a glove. Somehow it is comfortable where the Kodak was not. Just personal as both are nice cameras. With the Deardorff, a 'bendy wood camera' I shoot a lot. With the Kodak, a Toyo M and a Calumet, I didn't. The Kodak was a pain in the butt and the other metal cameras felt like tools, not like comfortable friends. It is all a personal thing so if you get one & it doesn't work out too well but you still like the format and the idea of the format, try another camera. Seems silly doesn't it, that a camera can make that much difference when the film size remains the same. But, for me and many others, the process and the right tool in hand makes it a lot more than an exercise in controlled tarnishing of silver.