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    A dream 8x10" LF camera setup for environmental portraiture

    Hi there, I haven't been on here for some time, but the yearn for a dream 8x10" LF camera setup for environmental portraiture is getting stronger every day.

    I'd really appreciate your thoughts on a great LF camera outfit for environmental portraiture for personal portrait photography. Not much walking around, but may want the option to take it outdoors without much fuss.

    Your input is much appreciated.

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    Re: A dream 8x10" LF camera setup for environmental portraiture

    deardorff/14" commercial ektar


    done and done

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    Re: A dream 8x10" LF camera setup for environmental portraiture

    Quote Originally Posted by Nicole BM View Post
    ... but the yearn for a dream 8x10" LF camera setup for environmental portraiture is getting stronger every day.
    Nicole - took a quick look through your website, your work has many similarities to mine, and based upon these apparent similarities, I suspect that you will love 8x10 portraiture. I recommend that you consider a simple camera, e.g., a 8x10 Kodak 2-D, start with a single lens and handful of film holders. It gets simpler from there...

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    Re: A dream 8x10" LF camera setup for environmental portraiture

    What DrTang said....a match made in heaven!

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    Re: A dream 8x10" LF camera setup for environmental portraiture

    I would have to second the Deardorff nomination. It is sturdy and great to use. It handles some really big lenses. My favorite is a 15" Jamon Darlot Cone Centralisateur.

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    Re: A dream 8x10" LF camera setup for environmental portraiture

    Nicole... long time no speak!! Andy M (apug) here. Bill Schwab uses a Deardorff for his wetplate camera of choice... Works well for that and for sheet film. That said, I am not convinced a Deardorff is as sturdy as the newer Chamonix 8x10. The'Dorff's are also getting up in cost, and I think I would spend my money on a used Chamonix. There was one for sale on here actually. Weight wise, they are pretty light, and sturdy as hell.

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    Re: A dream 8x10" LF camera setup for environmental portraiture

    Quote Originally Posted by Nicole BM View Post
    Hi there, I haven't been on here for some time, but the yearn for a dream 8x10" LF camera setup for environmental portraiture is getting stronger every day.

    I'd really appreciate your thoughts on a great LF camera outfit for environmental portraiture for personal portrait photography. Not much walking around, but may want the option to take it outdoors without much fuss.

    Your input is much appreciated.
    Are you shooting 4x5 now and, if so, what camera/lens(es)? If not, what format are you shooting and what focal length(s) do you use for your current environmental portraits? Finally, what kind of money do you want to spend?
    Cheers!

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    Re: A dream 8x10" LF camera setup for environmental portraiture

    I prefer sturdier cameras and tripods/stands so that I can be slightly more careless -- if I bump or fumble the whole contraption doesn't shift - like when I jam a film holder in a little too quickly. Then I can concentrate on the people instead of being too prissy and delicate around my "work-of-art" camera.

    There are plenty of fine options in metal monorails that cost a fraction of what a fancy woodie will. Plus they are more expandable, versatile, have more movements, gears even.... Like a good old Sinar P or Norma, a solid Toyo or Cambo, a beautiful Linhof or Arca... even a rare Fatif like my friend Richard Brown is selling right here for peanuts.

    Remember the weight and hassle of 8x10 is at least half the ancillary gear - the holders, etc.

    It's interesting to see that Avedon used a 8x10 Deardorff outside but a Sinar P in the studio.

    He also used the heaviest, largest Gitzo tripod inside or out, even if he only put a 20 oz Rollei on it.

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    Re: A dream 8x10" LF camera setup for environmental portraiture

    Will you be using more than one lens? If not, have you considered one of the Gaoersi 8x10 point'n'shoot cameras?

    If you're not going to be using movements (apart from rise), these can be a very easy/quick camera to use. Seems only to have 150mm lens cones, though.
    Lachlan.

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    Re: A dream 8x10" LF camera setup for environmental portraiture

    150mm in 8x10 is quite wide—21mm equivalent!

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