A 4X5 P&S??

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    that's neat. are you considering putting one together?
     
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    What about a 8x10 P&S? Fotoman makes a range of LF P&S (4x5, 5x7, 4x10 and 8x10). However, I think those cameras are quite limited compared to traditionnal LF cameras as they don't offer any movements. With a 300mm being the standard lens for a 8x10 camera, you really need those movements to achieve a wide DOF (for landscape shots for example). The idea is neat but at USD 800 for the 4x5 I'd rather buy a Shen-Hao or Chamonix. The DIY solution you linked to is more appealling as it is probably much cheaper.
     
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    Hi Fabric. No, I was just pointing it out as a curio. I'm tied up cla'ing a couple of Zeiss folders I've recently acquired (my first and second attempt).

    And yes the 515/16 comes before the 533/16! I may do the 515 twice!! LOLOL
     
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    It would be easy to mount a lens on a camera like that. Just make sure the box dimensions match the focal length/focus distance you desire. I've seen some folks use screw in spacers to allow for crude focusing adjustment (no spacer = 5', 1 spacer = 10', 2 spacers = 15', etc...). Just use zone focusing.

    Then again beat up 4x5 press cameras often go for less than $200, and sometimes even less than $100.

    I rarely found I needed to use movements to get increased DOF with 4x5 landscape photography using a 150mm or 90mm lens. The DOF for a 90mm lens (on 4x5) set at f/45 and focused at the hyperfocal distance is 4' to infinity. I only used movements to adjust perspective (mainly architecture), or achieve shallow DOF effects. If you are using a pinhole DOF is going to be virtually infinite anyway.
     
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    Here's my 4x5 point-n-shoot: A Super Graphic with a Schneider 90mm f/5.6 lens, Vivitar 285hv flash, and Grafmatic film holder (6 shots). I used to haul it out to family BBQs and the bar. I set the flash and focus for subjects 8 to 12 feet away, and just pointed and pushed the button. Focused at 8' @ f/16 the DOF is 5.5 to 15 feet.

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    Also pictured is my favorite 35mm pns, the Olympus Stylus Epic, my favorite 6x6 pns, the Ansco Titan 20, and my only digital pns, the Canon G7.
     
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    Here are mine. The first is a Polaroid 110B converted to a 4x5 and the second is an MPP S-92 with a Wray 89 mm lens and wireframe finder. It scale focuses, though you can use the rangefinder if you have the correct cam.

    Best,
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    Who did your Polaroid conversion?
     
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    Cool, thanks. I've got a couple of these big Polaroids, and had always toyed with trying the conversion myself. Littman is too expensive for me, although his cameras look sweet.
     
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    Nice cameras! :)
     

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