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    Re: Help me choose 4x5 camera to buy in 2022

    I've always had to do more with less, and still do.
    I currently have an Omega 45D, and 2 B&J 5x7's.
    My Apo Raptars are the equal of RD Artars at a fraction of the price.
    Sooo...it's not what you have, it's what you do with it.
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    Re: Help me choose 4x5 camera to buy in 2022

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael R View Post
    Absolutely not, if he’s really interested in photography. If he is varying his effort based on format or price of equipment, he’s fooling himself. Certainly none of the best photographers I know of would ever think that way, and anecdotally I never would either. I put as much effort into my 35mm photos as I do into my 4x5.

    Honestly I think this is really just coloured by your own market economics views.
    I didn't say for all photographers. I said: "...Not for everyone, but for many, higher costs motivate them to try harder."

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    Re: Help me choose 4x5 camera to buy in 2022

    I hope the OP has figured out what camera turns him on, buys one, and takes some pictures that makes him satisfied. Maybe coming back to this forum in the future is possible.

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    Re: Help me choose 4x5 camera to buy in 2022

    Quote Originally Posted by xkaes View Post
    All that sounds fishy to me.
    He's a pretty good accordion player too

    Not far from here:

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    Arca-Swiss 8x10/4x5 | Mamaya 6x7 | Leica 35mm | Blackmagic Ultra HD Video
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    Re: Help me choose 4x5 camera to buy in 2022

    I've got to assume that the photo was taken with a very expensive camera -- because it's so nice!

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    Re: Help me choose 4x5 camera to buy in 2022

    Quote Originally Posted by xkaes View Post
    I've got to assume that the photo was taken with a very expensive camera -- because it's so nice!
    I have the impression that my post #109 maybe wasn't as clear as I thought about my views on this subject

    In any event, doesn't matter what camera it was shot on. It's a 78KB jpeg from another jpeg, and I only added it to give a sense of "place" to the story in my post.
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    Re: Help me choose 4x5 camera to buy in 2022

    Quote Originally Posted by Drew Wiley View Post
    My brother drove around in a Porsche with his Linhof cases in the trunk. Rounding a corner near Painted Cave adjacent to Jane Fonda's ranch, a big garbage truck came directly at him in the wrong lane. He would have been better off in a rusty Dodge Dart. His back was messed up ever since, and the Porsche was of course totalled. Price doesn't tell you everything.

    I probably know more about fine tools than 99.999 % of the people in this country. But I also know when to leave them alone when what you really need is an ordinary rusty old crowbar. It's called the right tool for the job, whether that means expensive or downright cheap.
    It's interesting that when it comes to crowbars, the rusty old ones are more often heavier duty than the shiny new ones.
    At least that's been my observation.
    The same thing with Pulaskis. My late Uncle Al's WPA-era Pulaski is a beast!
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    Re: Help me choose 4x5 camera to buy in 2022

    I own a Toyo Field Camera. I don't use it all that often because of the price of buying and developing film, but it's a great camera that does its job. I reccomend it, and it seems from a quick search that they're not all that hard to find for sale.

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    Re: Help me choose 4x5 camera to buy in 2022

    Quote Originally Posted by r.e. View Post
    I have the impression that my post #109 maybe wasn't as clear as I thought about my views on this subject
    I guess I should start adding an acronym at the end of some of my posts. For that one, it would have been "TIC!" -- Tongue in Cheek!

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    Re: Help me choose 4x5 camera to buy in 2022

    Having used the Omega 45(fill in the letter) in years past, it is a FAR more capable monorail camera than most would know or believe at a very modest $..
    Does what is demanded or expected within it's design limits and in many ways better than a light weight field folder... attributes of a monorail -vs- flat bed folder.

    APO raptar are same process lens design formula as APO artar.. optical performance would be similar if not identical in many ways to the APO artar, APO ronar, APO nikkor...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dugan View Post
    I've always had to do more with less, and still do.
    I currently have an Omega 45D, and 2 B&J 5x7's.
    My Apo Raptars are the equal of RD Artars at a fraction of the price.
    Sooo...it's not what you have, it's what you do with it.

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