Zone VI ultralight 4x5 and 8x10 : LUSENET : Large format photography : One Thread

On the Calumetphoto site I found information about the "new?" ultralight models (4x5 and 8x10). Who has experience with these new cameras. How do they compare (rigidity?) to the older ones or the Wisners.

Theo Hartman the Netherlands

-- Theo Hartman (, July 23, 2001


Theo, I have used both the original Zone VI and the newer ultralight model and found no differance in the rigidity or anything else, except ease of carrying. I believe the only change was using anodized alum. in place of the plated brass metal parts. I've used the new version for about a year [350 aheets of film] with no problem. Walt

-- Walt Anderson (, July 23, 2001.

The only apparent difference is the aluminum hardware, which, as aluminum is wont to do, sticks and jams after a while. Fred Picker of the "old" Zone VI used to say that the only metal worse in this respect is pewter. I'll stick with the brass :-).

Bob Creutz, Weymouth, MA, USA

-- Robert T. Creutz (, July 27, 2001.


If you rae looking for lightness adn rigidity you may want to consider the Phillips. I have been using a Phillips 4x5 for about 18 months and find it to be one of the solidest LF cameras I have ever used in the field. In fact, I find myself using it more and more in the studio as well.

Also, take a look at the Toho. I have no direct experience with it but others rave.

Also take a look at the Toho,

-- Ted Harris (, July 27, 2001.

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