I'm a film nut, and there's no denying that. Here's the proof: I've decided to design and build--from scratch, not from an existing design or kit--my own 4X5 monorail view camera, and I've actually arranged to start on it, perhaps this weekend, or perhaps the next, depending on how the planning goes. The arts & crafts center here has a wood shop, and one of the technicians is actually a photographer (and a fellow film nut: she owns an enlarger!) as well, with some experience using view cameras. I told her what I was planning, and after she picked up her jaw, she got moderately excited about the project, and promised to help me out as much as she could. I've been researching online, and I've come across a couple of designs I think I'll borrow from. The plan is to incorporate all the standard view camera movements, and also construct two or three, or maybe four, backs, permitting 4 to 6 (or 8) exposures before having to reload. Then, of course, a back for the ground glass as well. Since I'll be putting all this effort into it, I'll have to make a padded case for it, too. There're a bunch of reasons why I've embarked on this project. For one, it'll be a lot cheaper than buying a "real" one. For another, I've discovered in the process of working with 4X5 pinhole photography that the extra effort that goes into producing an image (as opposed to 35mm format's zoom-autofocus-click) forces me to make better images. And, I like working with paper negatives. And I like the benefits of using sheet film. And I've been constructing and/or improvising a lot of photography and darkroom accessories lately, and this is sort of an "ultimate project." And it'll improve my woodworking skills. And, I think it'll be pretty freaking cool. So, what do y'all think, am I crazy?