Is an old Sinar P better than a new Sinar X buy : LUSENET : Large format photography : One Thread

I 've got a deal to but an old Sinar P for about #1,000.oo but a new Sinar X cost about #2,000.00. Apart from the SInar X not having all the spec of a Sinar P2, does the old Sinar P have all the spec of t he new SInar P2

-- steve erak (, September 10, 1999


It depends on how old the P is and what shape it is in, and what you'll be using it for. The P evolved gradually over the years it was produced.

-- Ellis Vener (, September 11, 1999.

If it's younger than about 1975 I would always take the P because of the stability.

-- Lot (, September 11, 1999.

Lot, the Sinar X is a simplified version of the P2: non interchangable format (no 5x7 or 8x10) and no metering back, among other things.

-- Ellis Vener (, September 12, 1999.

Thanks Ellis, I thought it was the economy version of the F2.

-- Lot (, September 12, 1999.

Thanks I bought the old Siar P (1984) over the weekend with 4x5 & 5x7, and a Rodenstock 120 mm lens for about $1,500.00. The two back cmae with WA bellows and the normal ones.

The new Sinar X woyuld have costed $3,000.00

In the research I conducted too, the majot difference between a SIna P and Ps is the shift and tilt knob on the P is controlled by the same knob, and a switch that is moved upwards, while it is controlled by two different knobs on the P2. Also the collor, while P2 is pre black, P is silver finish. Although they say the internal working ofthe P2 is a bit advance than the P, but that is neither here or there for what I want to use it for.


-- steve erak (, September 13, 1999.

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