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    8x10 Sinar Norma Long Apo Ronar 2 by Nokton48, on Flickr

    8x10 Sinar Norma in my basement studio. Lens is 20 inch Apo Ronar

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    Twin Lens 4x5 Sinar Norma. Lenses are 240mm Xenars

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    4x5 Plaubel Peco Profia with 4x5 Sliding Graflock Back and TTL Gossen Lunasix. Lens is 240mm Symmar in Compur
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    Re: Show off your Large Format camera!

    More of a "tripod" show-off, but here's my Linhof MT on a new SkyWatcher EQ6-R equatorial mount. Hoping to do a bit more astrophotography in various formats with this, and upgrading my Celestron telescope onto this since the 35-year-old mount and wedge just didn't get me enough stability and I don't think it's worth trying to refurb.

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    Very happy for you!



    Quote Originally Posted by Corran View Post
    More of a "tripod" show-off, but here's my Linhof MT on a new SkyWatcher EQ6-R equatorial mount. Hoping to do a bit more astrophotography in various formats with this, and upgrading my Celestron telescope onto this since the 35-year-old mount and wedge just didn't get me enough stability and I don't think it's worth trying to refurb.

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    And I exposed my first 4x5 images tonight. Will probably dev tomorrow evening.

    The Linhof turns out to be especially good for this use-case, as the "shoe" attachment (1/4" 20) can be used to attach a guide scope, not to mention the dual tripod mounts on the bottom being extra solid for the large dovetail telescope mount. You could side-mount on a Crown/Speed Graphic but you lose the ability to rotate the back for compositions.

    Here's my Linhof + 150mm Xenotar with the guide scope and camera riding on top. Rock-solid tracking for very long exposures - I shot a couple images of Ursa Major with this and the 250mm Sonnar. I have in my head an idea of how I'd like this to look, we'll see if I succeed.

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    Just-restored 8x10 Deardorff V8, with a new bellows from Custom Bellows UK. Outstanding folks to work with - Keith was great!
    Completely disassembled the camera, cleaned/polished all the hardware, replaced the strap. Did not have to sand/refinish all the wood as it was already in pretty good condition.
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    My new companion for 8x10" format.

    Stenopeika Hyper Camera Advanced 8x10"
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    How do you like the Stenopeika?

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    My new companion for 8x10" format.

    Stenopeika Hyper Camera Advanced 8x10"

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    Re: Show off your Large Format camera!

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    How do you like the Stenopeika?
    Hello Blatt,

    It's my first 8x10 after two years spent on 4x5" with a Chaminox and a Horseman.
    I'd say it is a very fair and good camera for its price tag.
    After one month of usage I can summarize its points as follow:
    Pros: it gets all the movements you usually need, the bellows extends a lot (like 70cm or so), it's beautiful (I really like the black finish with the greenish bellows), it's lightweight and slim when folded.
    Cons: it's not the most rigid (the front standard especially, can barely hold a 1.5 kilos Symmar), the film holder insert/removal it's not very easy due to the lack of a proper toehold for helping to open the back, the ground glass is a bit dim (although very well made).

    Would I buy again? Yes for its money!
    Are there better option in my opinion? Not really for the same price but I would consider other options (like an used Zone VI or a Deardorff) if my budget was 2.5 times higher.
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    Re: Show off your Large Format camera!

    Quote Originally Posted by Roberto Nania View Post
    Hello Blatt,

    It's my first 8x10 after two years spent on 4x5" with a Chaminox and a Horseman.
    I'd say it is a very fair and good camera for its price tag.
    After one month of usage I can summarize its points as follow:
    Pros: it gets all the movements you usually need, the bellows extends a lot (like 70cm or so), it's beautiful (I really like the black finish with the greenish bellows), it's lightweight and slim when folded.
    Cons: it's not the most rigid (the front standard especially, can barely hold a 1.5 kilos Symmar), the film holder insert/removal it's not very easy due to the lack of a proper toehold for helping to open the back, the ground glass is a bit dim (although very well made).

    Would I buy again? Yes for its money!
    Are there better option in my opinion? Not really for the same price but I would consider other options (like an used Zone VI or a Deardorff) if my budget was 2.5 times higher.
    Hello Roberto, what is your opinion about the sturdiness of the back frame with the ground glass: I read it is held by magnets....
    and further, what is the bellows made of, is it more a plastic like (shiny) material or more fabric like the ones you see with more vintage cameras?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron (Netherlands) View Post
    Hello Roberto, what is your opinion about the sturdiness of the back frame with the ground glass: I read it is held by magnets....
    and further, what is the bellows made of, is it more a plastic like (shiny) material or more fabric like the ones you see with more vintage cameras?
    Hello Ron,

    yes, the back frame is held by a generous amount of magnets. This is not a bad design imho, it requires a certain force to separate the back frame, meaning it won't move in the use. The back frame has an inner step so that it sits always in the right position. Honestly, I'm more worried about the front standard than the rear one: a beefier set of metal bars would given better stability with heavy lenses.
    The bellows is made of a kind of fabric. It's made of two layers, inner black and outer colored. It is of a good quality in my opinion. For example, it is different than the vinyl bellows of the Intrepid (I owned a 4x5 MK4 sold after few months).

    Again, it's not a super precise camera with smooth movements like Chamonix, Tachihara or other but it's certainly a fair step forward than the Intrepid. If you look for a good camera to start 8x10 (as I did) without selling parts of your body, that is one camera to look at. If you want a camera with smoother movements, finer crafted details and maybe longer lifetime I'd go for other makers, keeping in mind that the price will start at 2500€. For example, I would go for a Chamonix Alpinist if I get 4000€ to spend on a camera.
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