as the urge to go down the 8x10 route continues to haunt me, so does the eternal, fun camera research.
It can come as no surprise that I find an Arca 8x10 metric w/orbix to be the candidate - portable, versatile, rigid, precise. What's not to like?
... well, the price tag - I simply won't ever spend that amount of money on a camera, even if I had it.
So, having read a bit on precisioncameraworks.com and happily revisiting Joseph's outstanding 'Arca Irish', I thought going down that route would be ideal for me:
- spend the dough on a F metric front frame and function carrier w/micrometic orbix (and the 'extender' to lift the frame)
- buy an old 4x5 Arca model C (or similar) for the rail and back carrier
- pick up a Sinar or Cambo 8x10 back and build the frame using help from my friends... one has a CNC-machine, the other develops and produces prototypes for the pharmaceutical industry. I'm an architect myself and have a lot of experience working with 2D/3D CAD.
- order bellows-to-measure from custombellows
But can it be done? And what are the pitfalls?... please enlighten me!
short note about how I work:
- I'm quite sure that my lenses for 8x10 would be within the 150-360mm range only. So I wouldn't need too long a rail.
- I shoot mostly architecture, so I need plenty of front movements. Geared front tilt seems essential, although I know a lot of you will find it total overkill. for the back, horizontal shifts should be sufficient for me.