...guess who didn't order a Sync cable...
Purchased all the STC kit from UK dealer Linhof Studio, Paula is very helpful but when it arrived and I realised the one thing I need but don't have and with a holiday weekend ahead, I called Brian at Dtek and he had one in the post to me within minutes, next day delivery, for which I am hugely grateful.
The STC kit looks and feels great. The Rodie also looks pretty cool, if quite large - so the whole setup with an IQ180 on it is quite large and heavy. The engineering seems really nice though I am not convinced by the HPF ring, it took quite a while to fit and is very apt to slip off the collar on which it needs to sit as you try to adjust it to infinity.
I also think it's funny, maybe quite naively sweet, how the very few instructions that come with the kit (and there are IMHO not as many as there could be) seem to be scissor cut photocopies. None the worse for that I suppose but it is a counterpoint to the premium feel of the materials and construction.
So now I just need to get that darned sync cable and start shooting. I purchased a new Capture One Complete LCC kit which seems quite neat (though possibly a little off-white?) and am all ready to rock.
As a little mess around, I stuck the back on the camera (had to use the little back mount shim 0.3mm to stop it wobbling around) and tried live view on a tripod: it seems quite possible to compose and even focus that way - or am I being overly hopeful?
Any tips'n'tricks from other STC/Rodie/IQ180 users most welcome. I will report back once I get shooting and may even share an image or two if I capture anything worthwhile!