Let’s say you wanted to play.
Where I live there is an abundance of used medium and large format lens. So this is the issue, I have a IQ180 – Cambo , and finding out that I really like that form of shooting. The next step on the slippery slope is a view camera with bellows, on the theory you can mount any large format lens and focus thru GG with a sliding back. W/O costly mounts, just reusable lens boards.
This leads to several questions, and hopefully many answers
1. If the 180 back is a non-starter as because of the demands of the 5.2 pixels, then would a P45+, give better results with the older lenses?
2. The camera, it seems there are several choices, again on assumption you need precision gearing and absolute alignment between the front and back standards. I would want all movements on both standards – Rise, shift, tilt and swing. I guess the candidates are below;
a. Cambo – Ultima 23 weight 5 kg – I don’t know what the focal length restrictions are wide or long.
b. Sinar – P2 or P3 weight 5.2 kg I would assume a P2 or P3, there does not really seem to be much difference. – I don’t know what the focal length restrictions are wide or long.
c. ArcaSwiss – M model, Can this be configured for all movements on both standards, It seems light, – I don’t know what the focal length restrictions are wide or long.
d. Linhof M679CS – weight 3.8 kg (but includes the tripod head). Focal lengths seem to 28mm – 240mm.
I would buy everything second hand, and the weight would be a factor to consider, I would want to take it out side without contracting a porter. Focal length limitations are also important, after all this is to play.
Thanks in advance.