i have been looking at these what appear to be fine and versitile cameras. i particularly like how they can be changed to vertical format which i would make use of. but i am afraid i am getting a little confused after reading a number of posts (some date back years) as to just what backs can be interchanged for other formats and what sizes are actualy available.
i read a few posts where some folk were disappointed with communication with RR so i thought if i could get some assistance from folk here that know about these cameras then i wont be bothering RR whom is likely a busy man (as we all are) with some basic questions to begin with,
on his site i am somewhat confused as well, as in some sections it seems to say sizes 7x17, 8x20 and 12x20 are available, and at a later dates some other sizes will be available up to 16x20...yet in other sections it has sizes up to 20x24.
also waiting periods for delivery; in one place it says a waiting list for a year (how depressing is that lol) and then you are contacted for a deposit...yet in another place it says 8-12 weeks for delivery.
some posts i have read say that one camera is all that is required. A 7x17, and that can be changed to any format up to 20x24 by purchasing the seperate backs (and bellows i would assume obviously though people seem to omit this piece of info). is this correct? it just doesnt seem quite possible to me that the rails would work (be long enough) from a 7x17 to be used on 20x24? perhaps this is possible on a 12x20?
not sure if he does 16x20?
what is the cost (even approximate would be a start) for the different backs and or bellows?
oh , just out of curiosity, what is that tripod he is using in the little pic of him near the lake 'loading film holder' . would a ries j100-2 work for these larger formats? the cameras seem to fall within the wieght specs for the tripod but i wonder is all?