Oren Grad , Mar 11, 2001; 08:04 p.m.
Diane, I wrote the blurb on the 8x10 Compact II which has run in Photo Techniques magazine's "25 Best" list. The camera weighs about 7.9 lb. There's no special contact number to get on the list for one - just call Dick Phillips at the number he advertises.
It's impossible to make a general statement as to whether it's "better" than the Canham. They're both fine cameras, just *very* different in their design principles, controls, etc. Which to prefer is entirely a matter of personal requirements and taste. Can you be more specific about what you want out of an 8x10 camera, or how you intend to use it?