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    Re: Intrepid 8x10 experiences?

    Thx Marco for posting your videos, they're great for 'the starters' on here

    and btw I much enjoy your work (as well)

    regards

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    Re: Intrepid 8x10 experiences?

    Quote Originally Posted by Alan9940 View Post
    Nice review! I got mine a few weeks ago and the only issue I have with it is that the recess for the front standard must not have been cut properly because the lensboard is loose, even with the retaining clip tightened down. This "play" causes light leaks around the lensboard. I have contacted Intrepid and they're going to send me some sort of light seal. No idea how this is going to work, but I'm hoping for the best.
    I had a sorry saga last year with my sample, not to go into here, but had the same as you describe plus similar poor fit and light leaks from the rear standard so double check that too. The tape they send you may be to thin. I'm in London and got some narrow felt tape from a specialist haberdashery shop, photo attached shows what I had to do; yes it was that sloppy.

    Quality control is zero. The Mk1 I got was fine as far as the standards was concerned, good fit, light tight. The MkII seems to be hit and miss as some people seem to have no problem at all.

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    On my Mark II 8x10 Intrepid, I painted all of the GG back surfaces on both sides a flat black and replaced the aluminum base plate with a thicker one that I had two 3/8" screws tapped into it to receive the tripod head plate to prevent any twist when inserting film holders.

    What I found in using the camera is that I need to put a dark cloth over the camera back when making exposures to make sure that I do not have any light leakage when I pull the slide to make an exposure. Relatively speaking a small inconvenience since I do the same thing when I use my ULF cameras.
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    Re: Intrepid 8x10 experiences?

    I blackened all light trap areas with black waterproof india ink. So far, so good. I agree that quality control is pretty rough.
    May tomorrow be a better day.

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    Re: Intrepid 8x10 experiences?

    It sounds like the camera itself is ok but the assembly is crap. Perhaps Intrepid should release as an option a kit so users can assemble one themselves?

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    Re: Intrepid 8x10 experiences?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rayt View Post
    It sounds like the camera itself is ok but the assembly is crap. Perhaps Intrepid should release as an option a kit so users can assemble one themselves?
    They have in fact already accomplished that in sending consumers an upgraded kit. Rather than send the parts to you in pieces they feel it is more efficient to send it in quasi together form so you can see where everything is supposed to go together. Then you can take it from there on your own version of completing the task.

    While I take a friendly dig at the company I commend their willingness to be enterprising and take on risk. Their business model is driven by low cost and manufacturing efficiency. The diminishment in sales as a function of an increased price point to substantially improve quality control I suspect would drop their sales like a rock in the lake. From my perspective a few user "adjustments" could be necessary but once they are completed on an as need basis, the camera does what it claims to do. Folks that think that the fit and finish of a Intrepid is on par with a Canham or a Deardorff are in need of a reality check. Lower your expectations and keep your eye on the ball. Light weight and low cost can work. Just be prepared to step up to get it where you feel it needs to be to let you feel comfortable in using it in the field.

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    Re: Intrepid 8x10 experiences?

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter De Smidt View Post
    I blackened all light trap areas with black waterproof india ink. So far, so good. I agree that quality control is pretty rough.
    I did this all around where the lensboard mounts into the front standard. It helped with the light leaks, but didn't eliminate the problem. I recently found a business card that seems to be the perfect thickness to slip behind the lensboard clip keeping the board tighter against the camera. Jury still out whether this will solve my light leak issue.

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    I use an adapter to mount Toyo field boards. I use an allen wrench to tighten down the Intrepid's lens board slider onto the adapter. It's not a great system, and so screwing it down snug helps. The adapter board is much better, with an angled sliding piece that holds the smaller boards snugly.
    May tomorrow be a better day.

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    Re: Intrepid 8x10 experiences?

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter De Smidt View Post
    New video with back modification: https://youtu.be/q98I5yMqmFk
    Thanks for the video Peter. I watched it before placing my order for a Mark II and mentioned it to Intrepid via Twitter. The reply I got back said they had updated their design to make film holder loading easier. My 8x10 Mark II arrived a couple of weeks ago and although they haven't chamfered the back they've made the tabs rounded which does make the loading smooth.

    Cheers

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    Re: Intrepid 8x10 experiences?

    That's good to hear, Nasir.
    May tomorrow be a better day.

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