I have been reading the forums for a few weeks now and I have decided to have a go at LF. I shoot digital, film ~(135 and MF) but have always wanted to try LF. What has always put me off is the apparent cost of LF.
Every time I looked at cameras on Ebay etc, the prices they went for was more then I wanted to spend on something I did not know I would like.
Well I managed to find a camera in my price range.
I have just bought a Toyo view g complete with 150mm lens, 10x8 back and bellows, 10x8(2) and 5x4(4) film holders.Extension 'rail' (not sure what that is called) and a huge surdy box to keep it all in. So I have 5x4 and 10x8 capability. This lot cost me £200.
The difference between 5x4 and 10x8 is HUGE!!!
It's only when you see them together that you realize just how much bigger they are lol.
My tripod is pitifully inadequate, so that will have to be the next purchase (I thought that the tripod used for the MF setup would be OK for now but it seems definitely no lol)
I realise I have a lot to learn, so expect a LOT of questions. fortunately I have a friend who has a similar model camera and has experience of using LF.
So Where are good places for buying film?
My ultimate aim (assuming I get along with LF) is to try things like wet plate etc. but for now just the basics.
I am just recovering from a major operation, so at the moment I am not even allowed to lift the camera!
All I can do is look at iit longfully and wait lol.
Anyway enough from me, I am looking forward to contributing to the forums as well as gleeming a lot of information from them.