Happy New Year Everyone!
How about a thread where newcomers to MFD can read what large format shooters have kept in their kits and still find useful while shooting MFD. It might save someone some money if they think they won't be needing it. Here's mine:
1. Linhof 45 Multifocus Viewfinder: I use this as an off camera compositional tool when I want to find the right perspective. I have four lenses that I can easily estimate which lens to use by selecting a lens from the focusing ring. Yup that is me wandering around the landscape with an eye glued to what looks like a small lens!
2. Ebony Cable Release: I have always loved the weight and design of their cables.
3. Pocket Spot Meter: Because this meter is so small and accurate, I just could not part with it. Live View could replace it, but it is one of those tools I would feel dumb not having in my bag even if it does not get used as often as when I shot LF. I have thought about passing it on to a LF shooter, but I would miss it.
4. Ebony Camera Bag: Designed for a 4x5" camera and of late I have forgone my backpack and went back to this and also an older Tenba bag. My gear bag has gotten lighter lately thanks to Live View and so my bags are getting smaller as well. Don't part with your favorite bags as I have recently learned.
5. Photobackpacker Genesis Lens Cases: They worked well for my Rodenstock 4x5" lenses and they continue to work well with my ALPA SK lenses. I did have to order a larger one for my SK 120 and Bruce had it available. I think he has a newer line out now, but the Genesis line has served me well. They fit in my camera bags well and also in my studio tool box. They are lightweight, protective and keep me organized.
What do you still use from your 4x5/LF days?