first, allow me preface this query by stating that:
1. i have poured through all the threads on this site, rec.photo, and photo.net for inputs. 2. having stared in 35mm, then 6x6, now 4x5, i am just as bored by 'which camera to buy' discussions, as the answer is always go rent a few and buy the one you work best with. i, unfortunately, can't rent either of the cameras i am considering.
after much research, i have narrowed my search for a 4x5 metal field camera down to a used Tech IV or a new/almost new Toyo 45AII. i'm sure both are fine instruments, overly-capable for what i intend to use them for... backpacking. what i'd be interested in is:
-is the tech IV more solid & rigid then the toyo? -does the modern design / features of the toyo (rotating back, etc) make it a better choice? -which is easier to use... quicker to set-up, compose, focus, etc?
overall, which camera, classic or contemporary, would be recommended by some of you folks with experiences with them?