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B.W
29-Oct-2006, 08:44
Hello, Is there anyone who can help with possible URL's to large format camera suppliers for the UK as most of the company's I have managed to find are in the US!

I am very interested in moving up to 8X10 and have my eye on the Shen-Hao (FCL810-A light weight 8X10 camera). but have failed to find a UK supplier so far!

Is there anyone out there who has and uses one of these camera's who could maybe pass on there thoughts on how well built they are and how they have got along with it?

All help would be much appreciated

Rgds

B.W

Colin Robertson
29-Oct-2006, 08:54
Try www.foto-arte.co.uk Only viewed their site, can't say I've used them.

robc
29-Oct-2006, 09:26
Some more for lenses and accessories

Robert White have a large range (http://www.robertwhite.co.uk/)

Linhof do 5 makes (http://www.linhofstudio.com/products/cameras/cameras.html)

Mr Cad in London does a lot of second hand gear (http://www.mrcad.co.uk/)

B.W
29-Oct-2006, 09:38
Crikey you boys don't hang about do you!...

Thank you for your speedy replies!...

If anyone else knows of any others suppliers please do post.

Rgds

B.W

Ole Tjugen
29-Oct-2006, 10:45
Don't forget that Gandolfi (http://www.gandolficameras.com/) still make cameras - in the UK.

robc
29-Oct-2006, 10:58
and Walker Cameras (http://www.walkercameras.com/) is another UK camera manufacturer

Mark Pope
29-Oct-2006, 11:47
Teamwork are also quite a big LF dealer - www.teamworkphoto.co.uk.
A couple of good sources for second hand stuff are FFordes www.ffordes.com and MXV www.mxv.co.uk

HTH

dwhistance
29-Oct-2006, 12:41
Hi B.W.

Speak to Paula at Linhof and Studio (http://www.linhofstudio.com/Home/home.html). She is importing Shen Hao into the UK at the moment. She is also great for general advice on large format.

Regards

David Whistance

Richard Kelham
31-Oct-2006, 03:04
Speak to Paula at Linhof and Studio (http://www.linhofstudio.com/Home/home.html). She is importing Shen Hao into the UK at the moment. She is also great for general advice on large format.




Should be good advice except that I've been getting a "page not found" message every time I try to access the L&S site. This has been the case for some time. Anyone know why? (can't be bothered to try phoning...!)

Otherwise I think just about all the players in the LF field have been covered.



Richard

robc
31-Oct-2006, 06:51
I take it you couldn't be bothered to follow the link I gave above either..

tim atherton
31-Oct-2006, 08:54
The above link is bad, but if you just go to www.linhofstudio.com it works fine from here

Richard Kelham
31-Oct-2006, 11:25
The above link is bad, but if you just go to www.linhofstudio.com it works fine from here



Ah, great! I'd better change my bookmark. Thanks.



Richard

dwhistance
31-Oct-2006, 11:32
Sorry about the bad link - it worked when I posted it whilst the more general link didn't! I just wish I understood these things better. I'd still very much recommend a chat with Paula - I've not met anyone else selling LF equipment in the UK with her breadth of knowledge.

David Whistance

PS. I should probably state at this point that I have no connection with Linhof & Studio save being a satisfied customer!

Steve Kefford
1-Nov-2006, 06:36
Try www.foto-arte.co.uk Only viewed their site, can't say I've used them.

I have, and thats the last time! AFAIAC, they don't exist.

Steve

B.W
1-Nov-2006, 11:04
HI Richard, thanks for your post should be very helpful!
The link is dead!...when you get the blank page go to the url and remove "/Home/home.html)" this is the part of the address that is invalid!

leaving the "http://www.linhofstudio.com"...

this is the valid address!

Thanks for your help!

favour returned! ;)

Rgds

Barry

B.W
1-Nov-2006, 11:08
Ooops!...replied beofore reading the rest of the replies!

Thank you to everyone for thier posts!

You have all been extremely helpful!

Rgds

Barry

Mark Pope
1-Nov-2006, 11:36
I have, and thats the last time! AFAIAC, they don't exist.

Steve

Steve,

are you prepared to say what the problem was? I've used them three times now. They are slow, but I have had some good deals.

Pete Watkins
1-Nov-2006, 11:50
I'm gonna get slagged off for this BUT some Gandolfies are constructed from M.D.F.(some, not all). If I wanted a cardboard camera I would make a pinhole from a shoebox. I saw and handled a Shen Hao at the Focus exhibition and I was impressed but the standard of the workmanship. Ebonies are beautiful though I've never used one. My 4 x 5 is a Wista DS and I like it. One advantage is that I can just about use my 65mm Super Angulon without a recessed lens board, I understand that this is not possible with many 4 x 5 field cameras. If you intend to buy second hand check comperable prices very carefully, especially if your buying from dealers in the Croydon area.

Steve Kefford
7-Nov-2006, 08:59
Steve,

are you prepared to say what the problem was? I've used them three times now. They are slow, but I have had some good deals.

Slow. Lying. Promising stuff had been sent when it had not. Saying he had stuff in stock when he had not. Sending wrong stuff. etc., etc.

I ordered some stuff from him, which he "had in stock", which I required for a project. I had plenty of time when I ordered it, but it was months and many, many phone calls before I got the stuff. Although he might have been slightly cheaper, that price difference must have vanished with the cost of all the phone calls.

I don't expect flawless service from retailers, but I do judge them on how they respond when a problem occurs. On this basis, I can't recall a worse retail experience I have had. This guy should be locked up. He is a disgrace.

In short, an untrustworthy, unreliable, lying *****, and that is being polite.

Steve

Mark Pope
7-Nov-2006, 10:29
Fair enough. I agree he's slow. I also noticed that the money came out of my account on the day of my last transaction even though it took over a week for the lens to arrive.
I had to chase for paperwork, which he emailed. Come to think of it I still don't have paperwork for something else that I bought of him a couple of months back. Time for another email.
I've decided to stop using him now. Not a difficult decision really, as barring a 300mm, my outfit's complete.