Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2003/11/16

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Phong's question on large format
From: Tina Manley <images@InfoAve.Net>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2003 19:52:20 -0500
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At 07:07 PM 11/16/2003 -0500, you wrote:

>Has anyone ever built one of those kit LF cameras? I saw a kit on ebay for 
>$130 and all I would need to buy otherwise is a lens. Not too bad of a way 
>to get into it if you ask me.

I built one from a kit.  It's a 4x5 and I can't remember the name right 
now, but I ordered it from the back of a photo magazine.  It takes a lot 
longer than you would think to put together.  It works fine.  I used it to 
teach photography with 4x5 Polaroid film - instant feedback that you could 
get with digital today ;-).   The only thing that I found frustrating was 
that the adjustments needed lots of tweaking.  Nothing was very 
precise.  In order to keep things from shifting, everything has to be 
tightened really tight once you figure out the adjustments.

It is definitely a learning experience and I'm glad I did it, but I 
wouldn't do it now.  It's just not my kind of photography - lots of setup 
time and great for landscapes or peeling paint but not for people!


Tina Manley, ASMP

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