thanks walter. Yes I've been playing around with it. My dark bag arrived today meaning I could finally load up some film (what a pain!) and go out for a quick shoot before the sun set. using the camera was a little trickier than i thought but I'm sure with time i'll get the hang of it. having the lens open to 5.6 to compose roughly before stopping down to my desired aperture of 16. i had limited lines and the biggest thing i want to familiarise myself with was converging verticals. a bit limited with the subject but i did my best with a little front rise and some rear shift. will see how it turns out. was a 3:30 ish exposure on fuji acros 100.
in the process of acquiring developing stuff and scanner so will fire off another 4 shots and develop some on my mod54 reel and post back results whenever that happens.
Also I found that when I removed the bellows and collapsed the two standards kind of like tetris with the bellows in between they wrapped up well in my dark cloth and fitted into an old laptop bag. the monorail stays on the tripod but it could easily fit in the bag on top of the camera. i'm in no rush though. the weight isn't back breaking but i doubt i'd be hiking around all day with it on my shoulder, if I spent some money on a good back pack I reckon i would hike for a few hours with it though. my hasselblad bag is really not that much lighter than this especially with the tripod. the old 'vintage' sinar tripod head i got off ebay is heavy as hell (and not that great in movements tbh, I should have gone for a ball head)
great fun though lookforward to getting out more and flogging it.