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    4x5 camera thoughts

    Hi LF!

    So I'm new to LF photography, I've worked a lot with 35mm and 120mm in the past and recently did a wet plate workshop which has completely reignited my hunger for photography.

    While I would love to jump in and start pouring 8x10 plates I've read a large number of threads on here and realise that the sensible place to start is 4x5.

    Budget - 800 or $1000

    I'll be shooting almost exclusively wet plate and my interest lies in portraiture and some still life, but mainly portraiture.
    What do you think is a good camera/lens combination to start me off?

    I've found a Sinar P2 coupled with a Rodenstock 180mm f/5.6 that falls within budget or I could have a 4x5 tailboard camera made up for around 600?

    Are there any big advantages to having a monorail over a tailboard camera?

    Thank you all in advance!

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    Re: 4x5 camera thoughts

    In many parts of the World a good tailboard 4x5 (or 5x7 with a 4x5 back) and a decent lens should cost much less than your budget, and leave money for supplies and for upgrading your first outfit after you have plenty of experience. A monorail camera may be better fr most photography, but less portable.

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    Re: 4x5 camera thoughts

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Jones View Post
    In many parts of the World a good tailboard 4x5 (or 5x7 with a 4x5 back) and a decent lens should cost much less than your budget, and leave money for supplies and for upgrading your first outfit after you have plenty of experience. A monorail camera may be better fr most photography, but less portable.
    Depends on the monorail camera. Some are just as portable!

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    Re: 4x5 camera thoughts

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Jones View Post
    In many parts of the World a good tailboard 4x5 (or 5x7 with a 4x5 back) and a decent lens should cost much less than your budget, and leave money for supplies and for upgrading your first outfit after you have plenty of experience. A monorail camera may be better fr most photography, but less portable.
    +1. I'd sure look at an F2 over a P2 if you're going to use it outside the studio! L

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