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Old 06-26-2012   #11
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$300 is not much for a 4x5 camera, lens, film holders, etc. But a 4x5 camera will teach you things about photography and image making that you'll never learn shooting 35mm.
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Yea, I'm thinking I'll try to probably put in around $200 tops on just the camera, and then hopefully only around $300 for a lens, and then my friend is giving me like 5 holders and a darkcloth.

Narsuitus, thanks! I'll look into those!
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A patient shopper can find a functional 4x5 monorail or flatbed for $100. My most used lens on 4x5 for the past 37 years is an Ektar 203mm f/7.7 bought used for $125. They can still be found for about that price. Really old uncoated version of this classic lens are less expensive. Press camera lenses are less expensive, but do not provide for much lens movements. Buying a camera with a suitable lens is often cheaper than buying them seperately. New lenses have improved designs, material, and multicoating. These improvements are modest for most of us today, and immaterial for the great photographers of the past.
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What I've settled on right now is picking up either a Pentax ME Super or Olympus OM-1 for as heap as possible on ebay, and then saving my pennies to invest into a 4x5! I'll keep that lens in mind, Jim! Thanks!


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