So I might have a chance to pick up a nice condition Linhof 679cs. I enjoyed using the Alpa although I decided it wasn't for me at this point in time. I've always wanted to get some type of experience shooting a view camera.
I've tried to find some prices on lenses. but it's proven a little difficult, and thought it might be easier just to ask. Bottom line, does an equivalent Rodenstock lens for a camera like this cost less than it would for a tech camera because it doesn't need to be mounted in a special way? Don't you just buy the lens itself and put it in a lens board, no calibration required? If so are we talking a couple hundred less or more like a thousand or two?
Also with a camera like this I assume it's either LiveView (if you can make it work) or ground glass for focusing, one advantage of the tech is you can actually use a laser rangefinder and get good focusing? Is my assumption wrong on this?
I will admit my main interest in the Linhof is the thought I may someday play with some 8x10 film so I'd like to get some experience with full movements of a view camera. This is all for personal pleasure and challenge, not really needing to make any money with it, thus the choice of trying to buy some used stuff so I can sell it later if I want and recover most of my expense.
I'm also leaning towards trying the tech camera someday but the the ArcaSwiss for the tilt, but only if I come across a sweet deal on a nice used system (with no Schneider wides.)
Thanks for any insight.