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    lightest most compact 4x5 rail view camera

    I currently have a calumet cc-400 with good movement and a rotating back.
    I am thinking about something that is a bit lighter and packs up a little better...if there is such a thing.
    If you were buying a rail camera that is reasonably priced what would you get and why?

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    Re: lightest most compact 4x5 rail view camera

    Cambo (Calumet) Cadet.

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    Re: lightest most compact 4x5 rail view camera

    toho. look on badgergraphic.com

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    Re: lightest most compact 4x5 rail view camera

    Does the Cambo SC have extension rails? Or is it difficult to remove the rail and re-install it?

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    Re: lightest most compact 4x5 rail view camera

    Quote Originally Posted by stradibarrius View Post
    Does the Cambo SC have extension rails? Or is it difficult to remove the rail and re-install it?
    No. But and however, all sizes of SC use a 1"x1" rail. If you ask Google to find 80/20 t-slotted aluminum extrusion, it will find you vendors who'll sell you the stuff in, IIRC, lengths up to 8'.

    I have a Baby Bertha that incorporates a 2x3 Graflex RB Ser. B and a 2x3 SC. At the moment the longest rail I have for it is a 4' length of 1"x1" (IIRC, they call it 1010 section) 80/20 that I bought from 80/20's surplus sales operation via Amazon.com.

    Getting some, not all, SC standards -- I have 4 -- on it can be a tussle, but that's true of Cambo's own rails too.

    FYI, Cambo's own rails have a spring-loaded stop at each end to make it hard to run a standard off the rail unintentionally. With a length of t-slotted extrusion one has to pay attention ...

    If you want a really light 4x5 monorail, go, as you've already been directed, to Badger Graphics' site and look, as you haven't been told, at Toho cameras.

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    Re: lightest most compact 4x5 rail view camera

    I finally found the specs. on the SC and compared them to my cc-400. My cc-400 is actually about half a pound lighter??? 8.9lbs. for the SC and 8.5 for the cc-400. I do like the graduated markings on the Cambo the my cc-400 doesn't have.

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    Re: lightest most compact 4x5 rail view camera

    Kerry Thalmann has a great review of the Toho here: http://www.thalmann.com/largeformat/toho.htm

    I love mine but it is really designed for ultralight situations, like backpacking. You may be able to find a rail camera with more flexibility (and greater weight) that meets your needs.
    Peter Y.

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    Re: lightest most compact 4x5 rail view camera

    Gowland Pocket View is smaller than a Toho but not as user friendly, e.g. Using an Allen wrench to tighten rather than knobs.

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    Re: lightest most compact 4x5 rail view camera

    The screws on the Gowland can be easily swapped out for knobs.

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    Re: lightest most compact 4x5 rail view camera

    Quote Originally Posted by cyrus View Post
    The screws on the Gowland can be easily swapped out for knobs.
    Do you have a link/source for the knobs?

    I have seen pics of that but have not found any.

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