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    Ultra-Light Home Brew 4x5?

    http://cgi.ebay.com/CAMERA-PARTS-BAR...ht_5010wt_1112

    I have no relationship with the seller but just saw this and it makes you wonder just how light you could get it... ? It actually looks practical, just add a common Sinar back to the frame.

    The only real work is the aluminum block they must have screwed everything into.

    I wonder if they can get the front track to fold and close?

    Seems like a butt-simple wide-angle handheld field camera to me.... maybe not with a 90/4.5 but a 90/6.8 to 135 press-type lens would work well.

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    Re: Ultra-Light Home Brew 4x5?

    I'd buy it. I have a spare 5x4 back and lens that needs a camera

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    Re: Ultra-Light Home Brew 4x5?

    Add a coupled rangefinder and I'm in.

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    Re: Ultra-Light Home Brew 4x5?

    Actually, the Sinar rear frame is a lot of bulk for the Graphic bellows which are horizontal only...
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    Re: Ultra-Light Home Brew 4x5?

    Focusing would be a pain with this set-up: two hands to hold the camera, one hand to slide the front standard in and out, and one hand to hole a loupe. As for rangefinder, and hinged track, yes, just add the body from a Crown. Better yet, just use a Crown. For wide angle use, the bed of a Crown can be permanently attached to the case, but then it won't fold up.

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    Re: Ultra-Light Home Brew 4x5?

    When the TK45 came out a photographer in Hawaii bolted the Anatomical grip to it and put the Multifocus finder on it and left it collapsed and used it handheld with it collapsed and with very short lenses. It worked!

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    Re: Ultra-Light Home Brew 4x5?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Salomon - HP Marketing View Post
    When the TK45 came out a photographer in Hawaii bolted the Anatomical grip to it and put the Multifocus finder on it and left it collapsed and used it handheld with it collapsed and with very short lenses.
    Oh great. Now I want to buy a Technikardan again
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    Re: Ultra-Light Home Brew 4x5?

    Here is my version of this kind of setup. I found a combination bag/pleated bellows to make this camera usable with lenses from 65mm to about 180mm. I only use it with a 75mm SA. Horizontal only, 4x5 or 6x9. It has scale focusing too.

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    Re: Ultra-Light Home Brew 4x5?

    Quote Originally Posted by LynnRB View Post
    Here is my version of this kind of setup. I found a combination bag/pleated bellows to make this camera usable with lenses from 65mm to about 180mm. I only use it with a 75mm SA. Horizontal only, 4x5 or 6x9. It has scale focusing too.
    Did you cut part of the bed off or retain a way to drop the bed? A 4x5 focusing bed seems to long for a 75mm.

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    Re: Ultra-Light Home Brew 4x5?

    Right, the bed has been shortened. It is non folding now. I wanted a wide angle camera.

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