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    Reccomendations for buying an 8x10 system

    I'm going to do a people fine art project with 8x10. Any recommendations on what to buy? I'd want the best bang for buck and great quality.... thanks!


    this is studio and locations like hotels.
    Shooting people -- small group and individuals.
    Probably chrome. Any tips suggestions? I thinking ebay but am open to other ideas.


    Any recommendations of film appreciated too. thanks!

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    Re: Reccomendations for buying an 8x10 system

    Let me guess. You have no experience with 8x10.
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    Re: Reccomendations for buying an 8x10 system

    Any experience with large format? with film?

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    Re: Reccomendations for buying an 8x10 system

    20 years experience with film & photography, but no experience with any large format. that said I'm hiring an assistant to handle it all for now. Later I'll learn it all.

    But we were going to rent for the project, I figure maybe just buy.

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    Re: Reccomendations for buying an 8x10 system

    I'd advise you to rent.
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    Re: Reccomendations for buying an 8x10 system

    E. I don't know you but you are very snarky and annoying, please do not respond to any more post I make on this forum thank you.

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    Re: Reccomendations for buying an 8x10 system

    Lot of attitude here, maybe it was a mistake to join this forum, sorry.

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    Re: Reccomendations for buying an 8x10 system

    Lot of attitude here, maybe it was a mistake to join this forum, sorry.
    I agree with you. Sorry this is not typical. Hang in there. More constructive replies will come. Why 8x10 by the way? Are you going to print large? What type of prints?
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    Re: Reccomendations for buying an 8x10 system

    Just get a Sinar P and a few good lenses. If you want more portability get a Sinar F. Might need to buy a 4x5 version and get the 8x10 standard separately, depending on what is available and how much.

    Used to be ungodly expensive but now used they are quite affordable (and resell easily, too). If you have $$$ and want nothing but the best get an Arca-Swiss, but the picts will look identical to those of the Sinar, of course. If people are filming you--making a sort of documentary of your project, say--then get a Deardorff which looks so much better on camera and will give you a sort of aura to the average viewer.

    But, really, just get a Sinar. Do a search here and elsewhere for info.

    Alternatives (un-asking your question a bit):

    5x7 (lots of negative, much more portable)

    4x5 (still pretty big)

    stitched DSLR. Bigger than all the above, but not so easy with anything that moves.

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    Re: Reccomendations for buying an 8x10 system

    If you are going to buy get something designed for the project. Since everything will be indoors get a good monorail with a few lenses and re sell it once done if you decide LF is not for you. you can get something very decent for about $2,500.00 - $3,000.00. I use a Sinar P2 which is solid and a good choice for indoor/studio work.

    You will also need a solid tripod for indoor use, one with wheels is nice since the cameras are not real light.

    You will also need film holders which can add up to about another $500.00 or so depending on how you plan on changing film and how often. Considering the film ranges from about $9.00 to $14.00 per sheet plus developing costs of about $7.00 per sheet you may not be going through a tremendous amount of film so you may be able to get away with only 3 or 4 holders. You can expect to pay $75.00 per holder for good quality used ones.

    I don't shoot chromes so can't help there.

    Good luck with your project

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