Toyo 45 AII/AX reviews or comments : LUSENET : Large format photography : One Thread

I presently have a Wisner tech. field, but am worried about its durability while backpacking and am considering an all metal field. Does anyone own or use the Toyo 45 AII/AX? Can a wide angle 90 be used without bag bellows or recessed lens board? Any comments would be greatly appreciated.

-- dan blair (, March 31, 1998


I've used both the Wisner Tech. and the Toyo 45AII. I'm sure you realize you'd be giving up long bellows extensions---no problem if you don't use lenses longer than 300mm. Also, the Toyo does not have an interchangeable bellows, and in particular no bag bellows. As for a 90mm lens on the Toyo with a flat lensboard, it works fine but rise and fall are somewhat limited. In fact, the same can be said for a 65mm lens, but in that case I use a 13mm recessed board (though I believe a flat lensboard would work OK). A big advantage of the Toyo is that it will take up much less space in your backpack.

-- Stewart Ethier (, March 31, 1998.

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