Alas, it has come time to man up, face facts, and move on: I ain't a view camera photographer. I knew this, but photography for me is all about seeing for myself, and this is a lesson I apparently have to relearn once every couple of decades or so. Large format is amenable to some personalities and skillsets, but I am not one of the lucky ones.
(In fact, I might be selling all of my cameras.)
I've enjoyed owning this, albeit more in theory than in practice. Fortunately for the next owner, that has left it largely without signs of wear. For sale: one very lightly used Chamonix Whole Plate folding view camera, complete with three gorgeously hand-built holders, several lensboards, an Arca-style QR plate, and two new black Tamrac cases into which said equipment fits like the proverbial glove. I would say each holder has been in the camera no more than three or four times. The camera is used, but doesn't look it.
I also have a 210mm Apo-Sironar-S, but that's more eBayable.
I don't need to get top dollar for this, but I do need to sell it with the holders, boards, and cases, which will raise the price somewhat. If you're interested, please contact me and I can work up a fair price.
Also, if you frequent the kinds of places where large format folks are known to e-loiter, please pass the news along, would you?
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Kirk Tuck: "Dump them all and start over. It's purging and fun and drives all the linear thinkers crazy when you divest of gear in one big cathartic bang. They want generally want to do stuff in drips and dabs. Just pull the lever and go."
Jim Simmons: "Responding constructively to self-awareness epiphanies is a sign of maturity. We change but often struggle to admit it. If you can accept who you've become now and act on it, life will advance and you will be happier. That's just how it works.
"I am a big time pack rat, but every time I do a purge, I end up smiling like crazy. I was a happy one camera, one lens guy for 25 years (Leica CL/40mm) but then the Internet and eBay came along and fueled the same disease that many of my fellow photographers have suffered through these past few years now. But unlike you, Mike, I've discovered a particular joy in each of the formats I've picked and consequently own and use one model of each—4x5, 6x7, Micro 4/3, stereo 120, and iPhone. The one camera I rarely use is the Leica! But that's my lover, and she will be buried with me."