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    Re: Looking for my first 8x10 field camera, what are my best options in 2021?

    Quote Originally Posted by jakew0814 View Post
    Do you think there the mk2 is much improved?

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    Yes. And current production is better than those from about a year ago. They've added light traps, the knobs are a bit nicer, and they've beveled the appropriate edge when a film holder is inserted.....
    May tomorrow be a better day.

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    Re: Looking for my first 8x10 field camera, what are my best options in 2021?

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter De Smidt View Post
    Yes. And current production is better than those from about a year ago. They've added light traps, the knobs are a bit nicer, and they've beveled the appropriate edge when a film holder is inserted.....
    Excellent, I think my choice is made then. I'm going to get the fresnel and a pack of HP5 from them also to get me going considering the reasonable cost of the camera itself.

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    Re: Looking for my first 8x10 field camera, what are my best options in 2021?

    The "best" 8x10 camera to use is whatever one you have at the time. Whatever you do get will not be the last camera you buy. If you stay with LF that statement is a certainty.

    ASs you are new to LF your creative process and workflow will change as will your way of "seeing". For these reasons what you want in an "ideal" or "best" samara will also change.

    Starting out with a Burk and James is not a bad idea. Another good choice is an Intrepid. Kodak 2Ds are another, though they do not have front tilt or swing. Again: Whatever comes your way at a price point you can manage will work for you at first. Later on you will have an experience base that will inform your next choice in gear.

    Best wishes in your search. Let us know what you do.

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    Re: Looking for my first 8x10 field camera, what are my best options in 2021?

    Quote Originally Posted by Drew Bedo View Post
    The "best" 8x10 camera to use is whatever one you have at the time. Whatever you do get will not be the last camera you buy. If you stay with LF that statement is a certainty.

    ASs you are new to LF your creative process and workflow will change as will your way of "seeing". For these reasons what you want in an "ideal" or "best" samara will also change.

    Starting out with a Burk and James is not a bad idea. Another good choice is an Intrepid. Kodak 2Ds are another, though they do not have front tilt or swing. Again: Whatever comes your way at a price point you can manage will work for you at first. Later on you will have an experience base that will inform your next choice in gear.

    Best wishes in your search. Let us know what you do.

    Welcome to LF!

    You are very right, my tastes and needs are bound to change the further i progress. I have shot quite a lot of 4x5 so i'm not completely new but I will be sure to be share my contact prints and scans from the 8x10 in the not to distant future!

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    Re: Looking for my first 8x10 field camera, what are my best options in 2021?

    Quote Originally Posted by jakew0814 View Post
    oh these do look nice also, I like the blacked out version especially.
    Looking great indeed, but many do; best is to check out the quality of the filmholders - guess they don't make them but use an international back so you can use other makes.
    So you still have to find 10x8 holders

    you could buy the less costly plywood camera and paint it black :-)
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    Re: Looking for my first 8x10 field camera, what are my best options in 2021?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ron (Netherlands) View Post
    Looking great indeed, but many do; best is to check out the quality of the filmholders - guess they don't make them but use an international back so you can use other makes.
    So you still have to find 10x8 holders

    you could buy the less costly plywood camera and paint it black :-)
    I'm going to go with the intrepid for what it's worth, save some money for holders and film. Plus it's local in comparison.

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    Re: Looking for my first 8x10 field camera, what are my best options in 2021?

    Quote Originally Posted by jakew0814 View Post
    How does the camera zero out on the front standard? Are there detents or marks or do you add your own? Do you think there the mk2 is much improved?

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    The MK2 is much improved over the prior model. The front standard has no detent to help you center the lens to the film and no "zero catch" for the tilt. I just eyeball it. I drew lines across the base at each lens position to ensure the front swing is zeroed out.

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    Re: Looking for my first 8x10 field camera, what are my best options in 2021?

    Gibellini Bellatrix. I own one and it works well.
    https://www.gibellinicamera.com/product/bellatrix-810/

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    Re: Looking for my first 8x10 field camera, what are my best options in 2021?

    Quote Originally Posted by Charles S View Post
    Gibellini Bellatrix. I own one and it works well.
    https://www.gibellinicamera.com/product/bellatrix-810/
    Likewise here. I am very satisfied with the Bellatrix.
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