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    Chrome Sinar P

    Is the chrome Sinar P an earlier model of the "P" series? Do the later "P" parts fit? Is there anything "wrong" to watch for in the chrome model?
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    Re: Chrome Sinar P

    By Chrome, do you mean silver coloured?

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    Re: Chrome Sinar P

    That's the Sinar P. The P2 is black, and has some improved dials, but works the same and is otherwise identical.

    I have a Sinar P, and unless a P2 falls from the sky, have no plan to "upgrade", since the differences are almost entirely cosmetic.

    After long use, some of the gears can become loose or slippery. I had some of those replaced and lubricated. Now it's good for another several decades.

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    Re: Chrome Sinar P

    Colour aside, I believe the P2s came with metering backs while the Ps had standard, non-metering backs. The P2s had rubberised knobs & handles and a couple of other control tweaks.

    Like Ken, my standards are all the original Sinar P and I have no reason to even consider changing. To answer your other question, yes like pretty much all of the Sinar system you can mix and match P and P2 parts. I use the P2 Rail clamps - just like the rubber grip better.

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    Re: Chrome Sinar P

    Everything is interchangable. Since the silver cameras are older and were
    in production for quite awhile, it's simply an issue of how much wear and
    tear has accumulated from usage over the years. If everything is smooth
    and locks down well, and there are no signs or abuse or excessive wear,
    the camera should serve you very well. Just beware of "chop shop" cameras which might have been spliced together with misc odd and ends
    of worn units. But older silver cameras which have been pampered in a
    studio are virtually as good as a brand new one. These things were built
    to last.

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    Re: Chrome Sinar P

    Thanks for all the information! It is actually a great time to be shooting film and buying film cameras.

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    Re: Chrome Sinar P

    Now this is the problem...the more y'all keep talking about Sinar P's and P2's the more I want 2! (or 1.5 I guess). One for 4x5 and one for 8x10 (or a front standard and a 4x5 and 8x10 back).....not that I have any complaints about my F1/F2 setup...but the P series is really nice. Not light, but from the ones I've messed with they are precise and utterly primo!
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    Re: Chrome Sinar P

    I just made a deal for a P kit with 8x10 and 4x5, and rounded it out with a very nice metering back for the 4x5 (the only missing bit). I'm an ardent lover of the RB67 line, and the Sinar F/P series strikes me as a LF version of the RB line, with even more precision and modularity, and a robust used market. I'm very much looking forward to taking possession of the kit, and putting it to work.

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    Re: Chrome Sinar P

    The camera I was looking at was described as "chrome." Perhaps it is more correct to refer to the color as silver. Mr. Satushek's point of film camera buying addiction is well taken. I think film cameras will become more and more affordable as the market continues to swing to digital. Film cameras once worth thousands are now worth only hundreds. Thanks to everyone on helping me understand what the silver/chome Sinar actually is.
    Jerry

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    Re: Chrome Sinar P

    The silver/chrome finish is the original F/C/X/P product line.
    The color was changed to black with the _2 cameras, probably so you could tell them apart.

    Generally all parts are interchangeable, with one significant exception:
    On the 8x10 _2s the metering back and the non-metering back are different sizes, so they require
    different standards and different bellows.

    For any 8x10 Sinar configuration, you're better off with the heavy-duty standards, which are also longer.
    In other words, it would be better to buy a factory-original 8x10 Sinar, then buy the parts to add 4x5 format,
    rather than trying to upgrade a 4x5 camera with 8x10 parts.

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