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    Re: New guy, no camera :(

    Buy or build a 4x5 pinhole camera. Don't denigrate the lowly pinhole until you've tried it! All you need is some foamcore board, a film holder or two, and some film. If you like it you can build a sturdier one out of wood. I don't think it gets lighter or cheaper than that!

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    Re: New guy, no camera :(

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Cienfuegos View Post
    Any Leica better than an M9 will be proportionally that much more expensive. I can barely afford glass for my M2, much less a digital body to use the few lenses I already have. I'll continue to have fun with it and with my Graflex and my Speeds.
    Michael,

    I hear yah.

    What I won't do/can't afford to do, is buy a Leica f/1.4 lens to deal with the M9's ISO problem at low light levels.

    For now, my M3 with f/2 lens and film pushed hard will just have to do

    But honestly, I'm gone from analog when there's an M10 that works with f/2 lenses at 2400, maybe even 1600.
    Cheers!

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    Re: New guy, no camera :(

    If you want to be a large format photographer, then stop being a nancy about it and be a large format photographer. Build a pin hole, or get a Speeder or a monorail, get out there and make pictures and don't look back.
    I steal time at 1/125th of a second, so I don't consider my photography to be Fine Art as much as it is petty larceny.

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    Re: New guy, no camera :(

    Quote Originally Posted by MIke Sherck View Post
    Buy or build a 4x5 pinhole camera. Don't denigrate the lowly pinhole until you've tried it! All you need is some foamcore board, a film holder or two, and some film. If you like it you can build a sturdier one out of wood. I don't think it gets lighter or cheaper than that!

    Mike
    I do have plans to build a pinhole (although my current body is a tin some Burts Bees came in), and I'll probably be building a 4x5 pinhole first to get the hang of things. I made a pinhole view camera obscura out of cardboard boxes and some white tissue paper as the "ground glass" on a whim. Also did a room-size C.O., which came out pretty well, albeit dim. I'm also toying with the idea of making some simple and lower-order complex lenses, because I'm a nerd like that.

    And thanks everyone for the input. A lot of it includes things I've already considered, and it will definitely be taken to heart. For the person who asked, I'm in southeast Washington. My uncle knows someone who shoots LF, so I should chat with him, too.


    Quote Originally Posted by John Kasaian View Post
    If you want to be a large format photographer, then stop being a nancy about it and be a large format photographer. Build a pin hole, or get a Speeder or a monorail, get out there and make pictures and don't look back.
    Probably the best advice right there.

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