wista dx wooden cameras

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Looking for a pro-con review of the wista dx cameras - types of lenses that can be used with movements, etc.

-- Jim Kraus (krausj@paul smiths.edu), September 07, 1997


How much bellows draw? For much field work I use a 300mm & too many ofthe small wooden field cameras are too limited with a short bellows. Then you can't use a 65 on them because they don't comress enough. Read the specs carefully. I haven't used one of these, but View Camera magazine should give some info in a back issue.

-- Dan Smith (shooter@brigham.net), October 05, 1997.

I haven't seen any reviews of any Wista cameras. However, an appendix in Leslie Stroebel's book "View Camera Technique" includes very detailed specifications for virtually all view cameras currently sold, including several Wista models. These specifications will at least allow you to compare the Wista with other view cameras in terms of movements, bellows extension, and all sorts of features.

-- Brian Ellis (bellis@satie.arts.usf.edu), February 06, 1998.

I frequently use a 65mm on my Wista DX. Not much movement, but it focuses fine. For longer lenses, 300mm should be the maximum limit for conventional lenses and 400mm for telephoto design lenses.

-- Georges Pelpel (gpelpel@home.com), October 18, 2000.

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