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    Worthy Linhof Contenders

    I apologise, this is likely to be an over-done question, but, here I go....

    Here is is just about 2021 (freeeww) and in this day and age, what are the worthy 4x5 Linhof contenders that can still compeat with the likes of a Chominix F2?

    So, now you're thinking, one is metal the other is wood! Right...work with me here....

    If I go with a folding wood camera, the Chominix F2 wins. But if I were to change my mind and go with a metal camera (I have a couple reasons), Linhof seems to be a good option in that they are well made, ridged machines. But, as many of you know, the Linhof line goes way, way back and there seems to be a cutoff point where the older ones just won't compeat with the more modern day cameras (movements, extension, rigidity, weight).

    So...within the Linhof line, which ones should I look at? If you feel compelled to offer up a different manufacturer, I won't stop you 😉.

    I'm just trying to re-verify my thinking and current selection.

    I shoot primarily landscape and portraits and would like one camera setup that can go from 75mm to 300+mm.

    Thx!!!

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    Re: Worthy Linhof Contenders

    I'd say look into an Arca Swiss F-Metric or F-Field. Compact, light, sturdy, reliable, precise. Will do 75-300+mm with the same setup and bellows. It's technically a monorail, but is light and portable like a field camera.

    Just a suggestion from left field.


    Quote Originally Posted by AdamD View Post
    I apologise, this is likely to be an over-done question, but, here I go....

    ...

    So...within the Linhof line, which ones should I look at? If you feel compelled to offer up a different manufacturer, I won't stop you ��.

    I'm just trying to re-verify my thinking and current selection.

    I shoot primarily landscape and portraits and would like one camera setup that can go from 75mm to 300+mm.

    Thx!!!

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    Re: Worthy Linhof Contenders

    You didn’t mention what your budget is. An important consideration.

    It can be tricky making the “right” LF camera decision for a variety of reasons, and it is fairly common for people to make changes as they gain experience.

    I’m not very familiar with older Linhof cameras, but I do currently have both a Linhof and a Chamonix.

    While Linhof cameras are obviously excellent, I’m quite impressed with the Chamonix. It is well designed and well made, especially for the price. Accessories are also inexpensive.

    This type of camera generally won’t be as rigid/solid when maxed out for long lenses (also depends on the weight of the lens), but virtually any LF camera choice involves trade offs.

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    Re: Worthy Linhof Contenders

    Ok that's interesting. I didn't mention the budge directly, but only indirectly with the Chominix F2 as a comparison. So figure $1300 for the moment. But, if there's something different to consider even at $1800, that might be worth putting it off to save a bit more.

    The Arca-Swiss is a great option (suggestion) but that's a big jump in price!!

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