roger -- , Apr 25, 2001; 08:09 p.m.
I'm just a rank amatuer, but here's my honest story.
(Dear Mr. Busch Pressman)...you won't believe this, but I used one of your very old press cameras for several months as my first view camera. It took some great photos, one of which I have sold a couple of copies of through a local exhibit. The old rangefinder was so dusty I couldn't see through it, so I just used the viewfinder and the scale focus marks and indicator on the focus rail. This worked pretty good. In all honesty, I really can't picture people using this beast hand-held. I guess the old press photographers didn't have alot of choices. So I've always used a tripod. After a while I started using the front movements a little and got to the point of realizing the value of using the ground glass for focus as well as the usefulness of movements. About the same time I was really starting to have fun with your Pressman, the doctor pulled me off my medication and I went out and bought a wooden field camera and a few modern lenses with good coverage. Then, the old bellows on the pressman started having light leaks that ruined some really nice shots, so I sold it. So, Mr. Pressman, I would appear that your $200. press camera actually ended up costing me about $2000. I don't really regret it and sometimes, late at night after a lot of pizza, wish I had another one.