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Wista or Large Format Decision Help Needed


Los Angeles, US
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1LuckyLdy Registered since 11th Sep 2002
Mon 08-Nov-04 05:39 AM

Background: I got my first SLR back in 1975, and am an amateur going Pro. My passion is photographing the outdoors. I intend to specialize in nature and landscape photography. And am your basic car-camper. I also am going to do portrait photography of children and, perhaps, pets.

My current equipment is an old Nikon FM, and last year I got a used Nikon N90s plus in 2001 a new Nikon 28-105 lens.
I inherited a small amount of money and plan on investing around $25,000 in equipment. So far, I just bought new: Minolta Auto Meter Vf, Nikon VR 80-400 F4.5-5.6 D ED lens, and Nikon Speedlight SB-800. I am on the waiting list for the new Nikon D2X.
At other forums, I will post my questions for the printer and scanner.

I was thinking about the Toyo large format camera. I went to Freestyle Photographic Supplies in Hollywood, CA. They suggested the Wista 45 DX kit. The kit is: Wista 45DX Camera with Rodenstock 210 f/5.6 APO Sironar N lens and Wista #1 lensboard. The price is $2,550.
Here is the website http://www.freestylephoto.biz/sc_search.php showing the kit.

So, the big question! Is this a good systems to buy? Or is there a better one for the money I intend to spend?

Thanks in advance to any and all help.

Be safe,
Pamela Parker

Be safe,
Pamela Parker