|blast from the past
The Internet is an amazing place. It is truly an incredible resource filled with little websites that people have filled with their passions. I've learned so much more than what I was able to pick up from a few books and some like-minded friends back in the 1970s when I first got into photography seriously. Not only informational websites but also forums of the like-minded and the miracle of eBay have informed me and allowed me to purchase good stuff cheap.
In my photographic Internet travels I came across a couple of cameras that I used back in the 1970s.
It was 1973 and I was looking for a good camera. I went into a local camera store and saw one of these. I had never heard of them before but I fell in love with it. I took a lot of good pictures with my Koni. Big and heavy! I also used a Calumet 4x5 for awhile but ended up with one of these jewels.
A Nagaoka 4x5. It weighed under 3 pounds. My Burke and James Is huge compared to this and weighs in at 7 to 8 pounds but the B&J has so much more capability. I bought those cameras when I thought you had to buy a new camera. Now, with the information and access provided by the Internet, I have a much more varied photography kit at a fraction of the cost. I miss the Koni and Nagaoka but what I have now is much better.