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On Sun, Apr 20, 1997 8:06 PM, wrote: >If I was only allowed to have one camera it would be a 4x5 because >it is portable, trouble free, affordable, flexible, precise and of course >because of the negative size. I also like to have a Leica for many of the >same reasons and that is why I have them. Both of these cameras, I think, >are good investments, not because I plan to resell them later, but because I >plan to use them a lot. I don't think that I will have to replace my 4x5 or >my M's for many many years to come and that to me is good value. I watch >some of the other photographers here who just have to have every new model >that comes along but their photography has not improved one bit. My Leicas >may be expensive initially, but I do not have to continually replace them. >Large format cameras are really not all that expensive if you compare them >to the prices of medium format and top of the line 35mm these days. There is >one rider in all of this - you have to use them to get the value out of them! When it comes to hardware, I've found that I'm fickle, and forever curious to find out if I might achieve better (or at least comparable) results for less money, less weight/bulk or less hassle! I do not necessarily mind change, so long as it doesn't involve things that I don't want to be forced into buying (due to planned obsolescence) over and over again. Oh, I use my cameras well enough; I think for me, everything boils down to this: Money. Spend more of it, have to work more, and have less time to photograph. Tricky problem, that.