Field camera that would work well shooting architectural subjects. : LUSENET : Large format photography : One Thread

I shoot architectural photography and because I am traveling more I am looking to lighten the load. My old companion has been a Graphic View but I'd like to get a Field Camera and perhaps the Quick Load system by Fuji. I haven't decided on wood or metal. My practical side says metal the 'artist' says wood.

Light weight, an ample rise and durability are the three important things that come to mind. Price range would be $1500-$2500 Thanks

-- Bob Freund (, August 12, 1998


The Linhof Technikardan S in 4x5 is excellent. A lot of movement and very high quality. Tho it will be on the high side of your price paramaters you should be able to find one.

-- Dan Smith (, August 13, 1998.

Bob, I have lately been using a Canham DLC for mostly architectural photography, primarily exteriors: ample rise, light weight and durable (so far I have only had it since April) check the entries under the Canham DLC in this Q&A and also the entry and comments under "Canham metal field" on this sites homepage for more input. I am happy with almost all aspects. stability and rigidity are excellent. unlike the Linhof Technikardan S (also an excellent camera) no wide-angle bellows is needed for lenses down to 58mm Price for camera complete w/ fresnel, ground glass protector, Linhof Technika style adapter board and case ranges from US$2300 to US$2450. You should also look into the Arca Swiss F-line or F-C camera.

-- Ellis (, August 13, 1998.

The Ebony SW45 or SW23 might meet your requirements - it's made of ebony wood and titanium, can be used with a 35mm lens and has extensive movements - it's specifically designed for wide-angle/architectural photography. If you're interested in a brochure / price list, feel free to e-mail me. Ebony's web site is at

-- ian wilson (, September 05, 1999.

Linhof has 2 models. Onea little outside your price range new and the other quite a bit out.

it appears that you have left out a major feature for your type of photography. How wide a lens do you feel you may need? You might check Norman McGraths review of the 35mm Apo Grandagon to get a feel for how wide you can go.

The Linhof Technikardan 45S takes lenses from 65mm up on flat boards and from 35mm to 58mm on recessed boards. For m,aximum flexibility, since this camera has a lot of movement, a wide angle bellows is available although the TK can focus a 45mm at infinity with the standard bellows if movements aren't needed.

The other model is the Technika 2000 which is much more expensive and can use lenses from 35mm (on a flat board) up and uses the same bellows for all lenses. Naturally you can infer that since the same bellows can be used the movements, while generous, are less than the Technikardan.

The 2000 is the more expensive mode

-- Bob Salomon (, September 05, 1999.

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