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  1. #1

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    Jun 2015

    What's your Go To LF body & lens?

    I am trying to get a feel for this group's favorite LF body and lens for portraits and landscapes.
    Please state your everyday LF body & lens. A photo would be nice, too!

  2. #2

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    Oct 2006
    New Jersey

    Re: What's your Go To LF body & lens?

    Canham DLC^2 4x5, Rodenstock 150 lens. You have to understand that all view cameras are compromises between weight, rigidity, precision, flexibility in lens choice, and ease of set-up. The Canham just happens to be my compromise, I have also owned a Sinar F and a Wista wooden folder, and all were excellent within their sets of compromises. Similarly, the 150 is my most used lens, but for portraiture I would go longer and use my 210, but you asked for one lens.

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    Jan 2007
    Humboldt County, CA

    Re: What's your Go To LF body & lens?

    Format size?

    Generally...wood folding field cameras and close to 'normal' focal lengths for the format...heavy on the Fuji Ws in Copal shutters. All landscape work.

    Me out with the 5x7 (Zion NP -- Eastman View No.2 w/ Computar 210/6.3), and the 11x14 (Chamonix 11x14 w/ FujiW 360/6.3) at Tunnel View and in the Redwoods

    For years I used a Gowland PocketView w/ a Caltar IIN 150/5.6 (2.5 lbs with the lens) -- great for backpacking/biking, etc. It is a rail camera, though.
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    Apr 2011
    North GA Mountains

    Re: What's your Go To LF body & lens?

    For "portraits and landscapes?"

    Well I rarely use the same camera for both of those. So I don't really know how to answer that. Other than, "it depends."
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    May 2009

    Re: What's your Go To LF body & lens?
    Ries junior tripod with 3025 head, pre anniversary 4x5 speed graphic. 7.25 inch verito soft focus lens.
    I keep two soft focus lenses and an aero ektar in my bag with the camera.

  6. #6

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    Nov 1999
    San Clemente, California

    Re: What's your Go To LF body & lens?

    Landscapes: Ebony SV57, 180mm Apo Sironar N. Portraits: Nikon D810, 85mm Sigma Art. Yeah, not LF for portraits.

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    Re: What's your Go To LF body & lens?

    Well said Monty

    I have not yet found my groove

    the game is afoot

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    Small town, South Carolina, US
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    Sep 2006
    South Carolina, USA

    Re: What's your Go To LF body & lens?

    I have several large format cameras but my go to camera is my Busch Pressman 4x5 with the Rodenstock Sironar-N 135/5.6 lens. I own a Sinar and other press cameras but find the Busch is the fastest and easiest to use for most situations.

  9. #9

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    Sep 1998
    Oregon now (formerly Austria)

    Re: What's your Go To LF body & lens?

    For years, my go-to field camera for landscape/outdoor work has been a Wista DX with an assortment of lightweight lenses. My most used focal length is 135mm, usually a compact Plasmat lens. Still, I carry and use 90mm, 203mm, 240mm and 300mm lenses in addition.

    However, for city work, where I need more bellows flexibility for architectural work and "cityscapes," I very much like my newer Wista SW, which is basically a DX with interchangeable bellows. Again, 135mm or 90mm are my most-used focal lengths, but I really like my Wide Field Ektar 135mm for this application. The SW with the bag bellows allows me to fully utilize my WF Ektar and my 90mm Nikkor SW.

    Here's the SW with the WF Ektar in action in Vienna:

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  10. #10

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    Jul 2008

    Re: What's your Go To LF body & lens?

    After decades of view camera darwinism applied.. to the view camera pool of:
    Linhof Technika (both 4x5 & 5x7), Linhof Kardan, Linhof TK (demo unit), Toyo 810M (remains the FAVE 8x10 folder), Toyo VX (demo),
    Wisner technical field (wood), Dorf (wood), Horseman L monorail (had several and IMO extremely under rated), Horseman 45FA,
    Wista folder, Canham DLC (remains the fave folder) and ....

    Only the Sinar system survives to this day for a VERY long list of reasons.

    The outdoor camera is a 5x7 Sinar Norma with Sinar shutter and one of these lenses
    ~115mm Grandagon, 165mm Angulon, 10" Kodak Commercial Ektar or 240mm Xenar, 16-1/2" Goerz APO artar.

    The indoor camera is a 5x7 Sinar P or P2 and a large variety of lenses in barrel. Only the modern wide angles are in shutter.

    Most often used focal length for 5x7 or 13x18cm, 10"_ 240mm or 150mm _ 165mm.


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