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I just wanted to say thankyou too all who responded to my query with insight, humor and grace. I have taken your advice and e-mailed Ron Klukas @ Photomark in Phoenix. I am now researching the Deardorff and Kodak camera. Am I correct in assuming that some 8x10's have very limited bellows? That the Deardorff moves both front and back? away from center to balance the camera with a lens attached? Sounds wonderful. Thankyou again for all your responses, I will keep you informed, and I am sure i will ask more questions. I am amazed at the differences between 4x5 and 8x10.

-- jacque staskon (jacque@cybertrails.com), April 01, 1999


There is also the old and heavy but folding Calumet C-1 or C3 camera. A beast but usually cheap.

Yes some 8x10's have limited bellows but some of the more modern ones do not.

-- Ellis Vener (evphoto@insync.net), April 01, 1999.


The Deardorff focuses & extends on both front & rear. The rear can run all the way forward to the front to focus short lenses without the bed projecting into the shot. The front extends forward only, not backward, like a Wisner. By moving both standards you can size and focus and balance the camera on the tripod. The Kodak Mv does not have this advantage. Ellis is absolutley right about the C1 - 3's very very useable and inexpensive, but also massively heavy and bulky. Lensboards are available for it by the basketful.

-- Sean yates (yatescats@yahoo.com), April 01, 1999.

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