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    Hi,there. Im new here. I would really love a tip from the experts. Im looking for an 8x10 camera and dont know which one best suits my purposes.

    1) a not so expensive one.

    2) a camera that I can use polaroid film (Im gonna look for a polaroid processor too)

    3) im going to Shangha in September and heard of positive and negatives on the Shen hao. Is it good?can I use polaroid ?

    4) weight. Im a girl. Hehehe

    Thanks a bunch!!!

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    Re: Choosing an 8x10 field camera?

    Welcome.

    I guess I would start with how and where you are going to use this--in a studio and controlled location or on the streets? Is this for landscapes or portraits? The camera is actually not the heavy thing, it is the tripod, holders, Polaroid processor, etc. And you should budget for those too as well as a bag.

    8x10 cameras have a universal Graflok back and so every 8x10 should be the same in that regards. The Polaroid should fit all cameras The only exception might be some of the newer solid metal body Chinese cameras, but I don' think you want one of those.

    The other thing would be if you want a monorail or flatbed camera. Both have pros and cons. Flatbeds tend to be easier to pack, but some monorails fold flat. Monorails have more movements and it is easier to extend the rail. To be honest, you cannot go too wrong with an 8x10 camera, they will all be good. Finding one that fits your work, is a bit harder.

    I would probably buy an used 8x10. 8x10 cameras are usually never overworked and their owners take care of them.

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    Re: Choosing an 8x10 field camera?

    Can you still get polaroid in 8X10?
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    Re: Choosing an 8x10 field camera?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ben Rubinstein View Post
    Can you still get polaroid in 8X10?
    Apart from searching eBay for expired stock, sort of:

    IMPOSSIBLE - film: Impossible PQ 8x10 Silver Shade Film 10 Frames

    Better have a thick wallet, though.

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    Re: Choosing an 8x10 field camera?

    Do Fuji do any instants in 8X10? Ilford I know do some incredibly slow direct exposure to paper stock, expose like film, develop like paper. I think it comes in 8X10.
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    Re: Choosing an 8x10 field camera?

    Woow just saw the price of that TIP stuff, freaking heck! All that money for the Lomo of instant films.
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    Re: Choosing an 8x10 field camera?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ben Rubinstein View Post
    Do Fuji do any instants in 8X10? Ilford I know do some incredibly slow direct exposure to paper stock, expose like film, develop like paper. I think it comes in 8X10.
    Fuji peel-apart instant is 3.25x4.25 only at this point, and AFAIK they never offered anything so large as 8x10.

    Here's the data sheet for Harman Direct Positive paper:

    http://www.ilfordphoto.com/Webfiles/...7171602436.pdf

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