Howdy guys, I have only been reading this forum for three months and have just acquired my f irst view camera after a 20-year photography career with smaller formats. Are t here any other women on this forum? The names all seem male, except the occasion al Pat who is indeterminate. Arca-Swiss customer service just answered one of my posts by calling me Mister Sorlien, an odds-on bet, but wrong. Do you think LF is a male-dominated realm, and if so, why? It can't be only the weight of the equipment. Sally Mann uses an 8x10 and she is a small woman, so we can do it if we want to. I must say I feel extra vulnerable using my view camer a. It attracts a lot of attention and some weirdos want to talk to me, using the camera as an excuse. If I am uncomfortable in the situation, I can't just walk away, I have to take time to pack everything up. Being under the dark cloth is an intimate viewing experience for making pictures, but I can't wait till my bin ocular viewer comes so I don't have to use the dark cloth. I imagine men feel a bit vulnerable under there, too; anyone could walk off with your other equipmen t in two seconds and you wouldn't even see them. (I think Virginia Beahan and La ura McPhee have the right idea, working as a team!) I am usually a very intrep id person, but this does concern me. Maybe the combination of large format plus computer savvy produces the large pe rcentage of men on this site. I know men are supposed to be "tech-heads" but I a m very interested in tech talk if it pertains to a problem I need to solve for i magemaking. I would be interested to hear from men or women about these issues. Cheers.