sinar alpina or A-1? : LUSENET : Large format photography : One Thread

I am in process of buying a Alpina Sinar 4x5 camera. I was wondering what people think of this camera in general?...and, is the same camera the Alpina and the A-1 sinar....what´s the difference?

-- ricardo pinzon (, June 20, 2001


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-- edward kang (, June 20, 2001.

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-- edward kang (, June 20, 2001.

That's it, if the html parser on this place doesn't get this right, I'm going to...go home and photograph something.

-- Edward Kang (, June 20, 2001.

Hi Ricardo,

I'm not sure if the Alpina and the A-1 are the same, but the A-1 is a great start to get into the Sinar system. The A-1 is a well-made, sturdy, camera.

It has Sinar's 2-point focusing and angle calculator scale which lets you calculate exact swings and tilts in seconds, without guesswork. It has yaw-free movements and geared fine focus. There is also a Depth-of-field scale and it's fully compatible with the rest of the Sinar system.

It is basically an F1 but with a different base/rail setup. I think it could be easily converted to an F1. You didn't say what type of photography you are likely to be using it for but, for a mono-rail, it is fine in the studio but it is light enough and fairly easily setup to use in the field as well. It also has plenty of movements and extension. I currently have an mint, A-1 for sale as I no longer use it. If you are interested, email me offline and I'll give you more info.


Peter Brown

-- Peter L Brown (, June 21, 2001.

I recall something on this very subject published on this site several years ago, however. I my memory serves me right the ALPINA is a f or f-1 with a different rail, (not the usual round one....) a flat rail with a rack and pignon, the A-1 is the american version of the F-1. I have seen and played with an Alpina.

-- andrea milano (, June 21, 2001.

I've got an A-1. From the descriptions I've heard of the Alpina, it's probably the same thing. From the standards up, it's the same as an F-1, but the rail is different, and therefore the rail accessories are not compatable with the rest of the sinar system.

It's a very decent sturdy monorail 4x5. I have since replaced it with an Arca F-line, but for what the Arca does better, not really for any failing of the Sinar.

I need to sell the A-1 if anybody is interested...

-- mike rosenlof (, June 21, 2001.

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