Bare Bones Budget : LUSENET : Large format photography : One Thread

Since the cost of getting one's feet wet in LF is often an issue, I thought I would throw this out as one approach:

I'm sure others will have similar suggestions or more finely honed examples.


-- David Stein (, April 17, 2000


Ah, the old duct tape camera!

-- Charlie Strack (, April 17, 2000.

That's a really cool looking camera ;-)

I dunno, but I think its is quite possible to get a good deal every now and then on a starter 4x5. E.g., I just picked up a mintish B&J Watson Press camera (a highly underrated press camera) with 6 film holders, a 135mm lens, filters, teleconverter, storage case for the princely sum of $131. The 6 holders alone should be worth $40 - $50, so the camera and lens (a 135mm Optar) is way under $100.

I have also seen pretty bare 'parts' Crown Graphics (usually no GG and lensboard nor lens) going for about $60 which, if you're willing to do some work on them, would make a beautiful first 4x5 camera. Jon Grepstad has an example of a beautifully done up junker (bought for $29 on Ebay):

Jon's probably a first class carpenter/woodworker himself of course.

James Vail has another of the same breed here:

which he spent $75 in total.

-- K H Tan (, April 18, 2000.

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