3/17/09

dreaming of ebony...


I have been day dreaming about the Ebony large format cameras for a very very long time. Every now and then I get really determined and almost charge one to my credit card (though I think there is a bit of a waitlist for certain models and I am not even sure I have that much credit anyway). Then I talk myself off the ledge because they are so out of my price range (my range, at this moment, is close to $0).

The time is coming that I have to make this investment and if it is not an Ebony it will be some other kind because I need a 4x5 in my life. Everything of value that I have learned about picture making comes from this format. Other tools are equally wonderful as well, but the reason I fell in love with photography was because of the lessons I learned from the 4x5" view camera. For someone like myself who is often moving fast and furiously through life it is a tool like this that literally forces me to slow down and patiently observe. sounds so idealistic, doesn't it?

are there any cameras you can suggest I look at? are there any tools missing from your artistic arsenal that you are thinking about acquiring?

2 comments:

Chris said...

great job done

Gary Nylander said...

I have used a Tachihara 4 x 5 view camera for the past 17 years, they quite resonably priced, before that I used a 4 x 5 Zone VI which I think was made by Tachihara ( bought it in December of 1985 )....I share your desire for a Ebony, expensive but from what I have heard great cameras.

Gary