View Full Version : What (relatively) inexpensive 8x10 field camera?

27th April 2012, 18:51
I've decided that I want to finally scratch my 8x10 itch - I'm turning 50 this year and am not getting any younger. I never shoot my 4x5 any more because I do not have an enlarger set up and probably never will again.

I plan to shoot street scenes and landscapes and contact print only. I do not need much in the way of movements; to be honest I've even considered a Hobo-type camera, but I think I would do better with a traditional field camera in case I start to shoot architectural subjects (fairly likely, I've been getting the urge.)

I need suggestions on what specifically to look for on a budget. I'm thinking something like an old B&J or a Calumet, but could use other ideas. I'd love a new finely finished wood field camera but it's just not in the cards right now. I am particularly enamored with the idea of using an older camera with an old convertible lens.

Thanks for any advice you can offer!

Oren Grad
27th April 2012, 19:49
I'm a big fan of the Eastman No. 2/2d and its predecessors - quick to set up, easy to use, not outrageously heavy for the format. But there are plenty of other affordable vintage cameras, and each has its fans.

If you haven't already checked out the Large Format Photography Forum (http://www.largeformatphotography.info/forum/index.php) and the LF Home Page (http://www.largeformatphotography.info/) you should - they're rich resources.

Good luck and enjoy!

28th April 2012, 05:54
Thanks for the tips, Oren!