Quote Originally Posted by Bernice Loui View Post
5x7 Sinar Norma on a shorten Sinar rail, not a lot thicker than a field folder. Carry as many 6" extension rails as needed. Sinar fits into it's case complete, lift the Sinar complete with lens and shutter, place on the rail clamp, add rail extension as needed then extend the camera to focus position as needed. This entire dance takes less than a minute once the tripod is set up.

Limitations of monorail camera (Sinar) can be perceived. This is possible due to the modularity of Sinar.
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And, Bernice isn't necessarily suggesting that you need a 5x7. You can do the same with a 4x5 F series camera. The following link shows how this can be done.


In this configuration, Sinar cameras can be stowed conveniently in a backpack.

Nor do you necessarily need an F2 camera, as someone suggested. A Sinar F is an inexpensive camera that could serve as a good starter system. If you liked the F series, then you might consider an F2 later.