A new studio camera:
It is a Sinar F2, which I purchased from Alex Gard in Hobart, Tasmania. It came with a Rodenstock 150m Sironar-N lens plus a Schneider-Kreuznack Super Angulon 75m lens and a wide angle bellows. Though the camera doesn't look that great, it is perfectly functional, and it will do the simple studio work that I have planned. I have no plans to take it out into the field as its sole use is as a studio camera.
It's my studio camera now, because the Schneider 300m Symmar lens which had been the Sinar P 8x10 has gone to the Cambo 8x10 for the silo project to give me the additional image circle to correct the movement problems that I am having with the 240 Symmar. The latter's image circle is okay for landscape but not so for silo architecture. That means that I currently have no lens to use with the Sinar P.
The Sinar F2 is an economical, and simple start into the Sinar system. 'System' here means that the camera can be later converted into a Sinar p2, and if it does, then, then the components of the Sinar f2 can continue to be used as practical accessories within the Sinar modular system.
At the moment I have no 5x4 black and white film. Film is expensive in Australia. A box of 25 of Ilford HP5 Plus 5x4 black and white sheet film, for instance, costs $32.00 at B+H in New York but it retails at more than double that here in Australia.
The film needs to be 400 ASA film, as the light via the small window in the studio is low, and the exposures need to be around 30secs. That requires making adjustments for reciprocity law failure--and that probably means I am looking at an exposure of around 2.5 minutes.
This is what I gave in mind:
It is not a very attractive piece of wood, but it's all I have by way of objects at the moment until I start frequenting the garage sales in and around Victor Harbor.