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I would like to know if its that big of a deal to have the standards tilt "on axis", as opposed to base tilts. I understand why on axis is better, but when shopping for a field camera, I've found it hard to find one that is on axis. Some have on axis front standards and base rear standards. Thanks, Raven

-- Raven Moss (mtand13@netreach.net), April 11, 1998


There is less refocusing and recomposing involved in setting up a shot when dealing with on-axis tilts. However, I would say that it is not that big of a deal...it's just a matter of getting used to whichever you have. I use a Wista SP which has on-axis front and base rear standards and have found each to be equally "easy" to use...I just need to remember to recompose slightly after adjusting focus with the base rear standard. In choosing a field camera I would recommend looking at other features which may be equally or more important to you than the type of tilts offered. Have you seen Stroebel's "View Camera Techniques" which compares a number of LF cameras and their features?

-- Mark Windom (mwphoto@nwlink.com), April 12, 1998.

Of those field camera which do offer axis tilts, many suffer from a basic design problem. Namely, the lock for the axis tilt also locks the rise/fall. The result is that when you want to raise or drop the lens, it's easy to add a small amount of tilt accidentally. I use a Zone VI camera, whch has this problem. Not only do I not use the axis tilt, but I wish the camera didn't have it at all, for this reason.

-- Rob Rothman (rrothman@riag.com), April 13, 1998.

The Wista SP which I use does have separate locks for axis tilt and rise/fall so the problem Rob mentioned doesn't exist with this particular field camera.

-- Mark Windom (mwphoto@nwlink.com), April 14, 1998.

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