Intrepid 8×10 Camera Review: How Does it Stack Up?

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In this week’s video, I take an in depth look at the Intrepid 8×10 camera, a lightweight 8×10 view camera that I strapped to my back, and ventured into the wilds of Utah with this past Spring.

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Scott Paris says:

If you have a real problem with the bellows sagging down into the picture area, try this: find an eyelet with some kind of tab on it (maybe at a picture framing store) or you could solder or glue a wire loop onto a little metal tab. At a model shop or hardware store, buy a piece of steel rod, maybe 1/8 inch thick (3 or 4mm). Test in the store to make sure in doesn't flex or bend in the length of the camera.
Glue the eyelet to the top of the bellows in the middle of its span. Be careful to use a flexible glue that will not eat the bellows material. Cut the steel rod to length, maybe 3 or 4 inches longer than the longest extension of the camera. Sand the ends so they're no sharp.
In the field, if you extend the bellows and it seems to be sagging into the picture, just slide the rod into the eyelet and rest it on top of the front and read standards. (Yes this will interfere with inserting the film holder in portrait orientation. Insert the film first.)
You won't have to do this with most cameras, but I've had a couple with very long or very old bellows where it was helpful.

barbara davidson says:

What is the nest tripod to use with this camera?

rielynng says:

what kind of tripod head are you using?

rielynng says:

Can you also explain what mm lens in proportion to which holes to use?

David Aimone says:

Would the new version be able to firmly hold a Kodak No. 35 10" anastigmat on a Compound #4 shutter, about 1.5 lbs?

Dmitryzakharov says:

how can it cost 500 pounds , not taking into account the lenses one would need too? This makes it so difficult or next to impossible to enter the field.

Mathew Rupp says:

If it was my camera I would finish the plywood to help prevent warping and UV damage.

Raevenswood says:

seems ridiculous to sell a brand new camera system with some afterthought "engineering" to correct issues with a poor design i.e: grip tape? I know the price is super low on these cameras but still, it seems like they could have come up with a real solution to the problem instead of something that doesn't really work or introduces a new problem in the process.

Gene Goranov says:

Hey, Ben, very nice review as always. I am thinking about getting the Intrepid. Could you recommend the most lightweight tripod possible for the thing?

Gene Goranov says:

Thank you very much for this valuable information, Ben. Would you say that with the slower lenses it is much more difficult to focus or it is tolerable? Thanks!

Le Plum says:

FFS go digital!!!!

Sandeep says:

Can you tell the prices of the lenses? you can put add them to the description below.

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