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    Re: Seeking a newer 4x5 camera for mostly landscape

    I've retitled the thread because "Techno" is a red herring and the discussion isn't about Linhof per se. Carry on!

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    Re: Seeking a newer 4x5 camera for mostly landscape

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    Re: Seeking a newer 4x5 camera for mostly landscape

    Quote Originally Posted by gmfotografie View Post
    Hi Guys, I want to buy a "newer" large Format camera for 4x5.

    Can you recommend me a Linhof or another camera?
    Light, Quick folding with Front and Back -> shift, tilt and swing possibility (mostly Landscape)

    All the Best Michael
    If you will shoot landscape, maybe you could evaluate wooden cameras, which could be lighter than Linhof.
    In this case you’d better select also lenses considering the weight: in a total LF backpack, the camera is only a part of the equation.

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    Re: Seeking a newer 4x5 camera for mostly landscape

    Hi Michael,
    You did not give a reason for limiting your question (originally) to only Lindhof. It would help us all to give better recommendations if you could give a little more information as to why you chose these as opposed to, for instance, some of the fine wood cameras. Is metal really a requirement? Just wanting to buy only the 'top of the line' brand for its promised quality?

    Starting with your basic specifications for characteristics usually will end better for you.
    Best, Jim

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    Re: Seeking a newer 4x5 camera for mostly landscape

    By the way, Michael. I just noticed a thread which you might have already seen https://www.largeformatphotography.i...-disadvantages "Metal vs Wood cameras - advantages/disadvantages" which might be of help/interest to you.
    Best, Jim

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    Re: Linhof Techno or Master Technika Classic

    Quote Originally Posted by gmfotografie View Post
    do you have experience with the Master Technika 3000?
    Not the 3000, but i've been using a 2000 on and off for 10+ years.

    Legendary build quality, compact and sturdy. Good bellows extension 300mm - 400mm with ease.

    Mike

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    Re: Seeking a newer 4x5 camera for mostly landscape

    Thank you so much for all your answers!
    I already have a 4x5 camera - a charmonix 45N-1
    My goal is to get a more precise camera... Maybe I am only imagining this?!
    Setting the Base or the Front is always a little bit tricky to get an absolute well aligned groundglas and/or lens.

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    Re: Seeking a newer 4x5 camera for mostly landscape

    One way to get a ‘new’ Technika at a small fraction of the current list price is to buy a serviced camera from a Linhof dealer. If the bellows and ground glass are replaced and all of the mechanical components adjusted and lubricated there is almost no difference to a new camera. The design of these cameras has hardly changed in 60 years.

    This is a picture of my ‘new’ Super Technika from 1968:
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    Re: Seeking a newer 4x5 camera for mostly landscape

    Michael, having viewed some of your work, I'd suggest the Linhof Technikardan ....which straddles the line between a field camera and a monorail. From your architectural photos i can see why you might be seeking more precision.

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    Re: Seeking a newer 4x5 camera for mostly landscape

    Quote Originally Posted by andrewd View Post
    One way to get a ‘new’ Technika at a small fraction of the current list price is to buy a serviced camera from a Linhof dealer. If the bellows and ground glass are replaced and all of the mechanical components adjusted and lubricated there is almost no difference to a new camera. The design of these cameras has hardly changed in 60 years.

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    Except newer ones have more movements then older ones and cam coupling a V or Master is much easier then an older version.

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