Well, yesterday I picked up my new Linhof Master Technika V. Not entirely new, but I know its provenance. It belonged to a mate for about 12 years and prior to that it was owned from new by another mate.
Back around the year 2000 I bought a new Technika 2000 but it fell from a tripod (bloody Arca plates of the era!!) and the castings smashed. I replaced it with a Techikardan which I found to be a dog of a camera. I was still shooting film commercially back then and the 2000 had been a boon with ultra wides (down to 38mm).
Now I'll be able to get back out in the streets and shoot some of my random urban anomalies and detritus which I enjoy so much. Yeah, I did a bot of it with the Sinar but the age old Sinar problem of getting the camera to the shot was ever-present. For a time the Sinar will be relegated to the studio with the 8x10 conversion kit when it arrives.
I know that there was discussion about Shen Hao but I have used Linhofs for just on 40 years and they fit like an old pair of slippers.
The bottom line is that there should be much more stuff contributed by me in the future. In fact, I have been reticent to go out shooting of late because I knew that the Linhof was in the pipeline. I find it amazing how much the kit I use influences the way I work. Do others experience the same?
"Photography was not a bastard left by science on the doorstep of art, but a legitimate child of the Western pictorial tradition." —Robert Galassi