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Hand held 5×4

I read recently of a photographer experimenting with shooting hand held with a technical camera and it reminded of the custom build project I undertook a few years back. I was shooting a job where we needed to be able pan the camera in any direction and achieve bill board quality from the scans.. so a 5×4 camera was required ( this was before the days of MFDB’s )

Using various Linhof bits and pieces I had a grip built for my Ebony SV45TE, I also asked Linhof & Studio to mount a Linhof multifocus optical viewfinder to the camera. With a little practice and a lot of Polaroid it was amazing how consistent the results were.