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    Comparing the Toyo 45CF and the Nagaoka 4x5

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    Here's a short comparison (and video) of two of the most radically different cameras ever intended for the same general functions.

    https://shop.stearmanpress.com/blogs...-the-toyo-45cf

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    Re: Comparing the Toyo 45CF and the Nagaoka 4x5

    I can confirm that my Nagaoka has the crack on the bottom plate, however there is no rear swing other than what little flex that I can get by moving one side of the rear standard forward a bit. Perhaps yours is made differently?
    Jim

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    Re: Comparing the Toyo 45CF and the Nagaoka 4x5

    Thanks for the video. The CF sort of reminds me of my Wehman 8x10. It has what you most often need, is relatively light, and produces good negatives.

    My personal choice for 4x5 field camera is one of the earlier Shen Hoa's (~2004 vintage). If I need more than it can provide. I have a Toyoview C studio camera.

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    Re: Comparing the Toyo 45CF and the Nagaoka 4x5

    The Toyo needing special lens boards made it a nonstarter for me.


    Kent in SD
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    Re: Comparing the Toyo 45CF and the Nagaoka 4x5

    Jim,
    I can get about an inch of "swing" by pushing one side or the other forward. More than enough for my needs.
    Tim

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