Wista Technical 45RF Rangefinder 4x5 Metal Field Camera

Wista Technical 45RF Rangefinder 4x5 Metal Field Camera

Wista Technical 45RF Rangefinder 4x5 Metal Field Camera

B&H # WI45RF MFR # 214501
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Product Highlights

  • Metal Construction
  • Changeable Bellows
  • Incorporated Rangefinder Focusing
  • 56mm Front Rise
  • Revolving Graflok Back
  • Made in Japan
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Wista Technical 45RF overview

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The Wista 45RF is a 4x5 rangefinder camera with a built-in viewfinder, and remains along with the Linhof Technika as the only currently-produced large format rangefinder field cameras with movements.

Wista's collection of sophisticated metal field cameras (the VX, SP & RF) are designed for photographers wanting much more than just a simple field camera.  Gargantuan values in specifications such as the maximum tilt or swing degree are of rather limited in use in the field, for in these regards nearly all cameras provide capacities exceeding both lens coverage and practical need.  But in specifications of rather large importance-front rise/lateral shift, shortest/longest usable focal lengths, the combined capacity for large rear lens barrel diameters with a small lensboard, and fine control of movements, the metal Wistas succeed admirably.

A whopping 56mm of front rise & 40mm of lateral shift is about the best one could hope for from a true field camera, and the Wista RF does so without an enormous lensboard which would consume considerable packing space.  Wooden cameras are lighter, of course, but provide inferior rigidity when used with longer lenses.  If you enjoy a 240mm or 300mm for use in landscape work, the weight is well spent.  Upon the wide angle end of things, you're allowed a rear lens barrel diameter of 80mm.

The 45RF has all the features of the VX and is also a rangefinder-coupled camera cammed to accommodate 135, 150 and 180mm lenses.  The rangefinder cams are designed specifically for Nikon's Nikkor-W lenses, but the triple folding infinity stops can be easily adjusted to accurately use with other brands of 135, 150 & 180mm lenses provided their film-to-flange distance is very close to the Nikkors.  The Wista features an international standard Graflok back, optional extension tracks and extra-long bellows for using telephoto lenses up to 500mm, as well as a sensational combination of bag bellows & dedicated lensboard for the easiest imaginable wideangle photography in a field camera.

Die-cast aluminum alloy
Revolving back with detented clickstops every 90°
Optional wideangle or long bellows and wideangle or extended focusing rails
Opens and closes with a simple touch
Integral viewfinder with bright framelines for 120mm, 135mm, 150mm & 180mm lenses
Superior rigidity than wooden cameras at focal lengths beyond 210mm
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Wista Technical 45RF specs

Tilts Front: 15° forward & backward, geared
Rear: 90° forward & 18° backward
Swings Front & Rear: 15° left and right
Rise & Fall Front: 2.2" (56mm) geared rise only
Shifts Front Only: ±40mm left & right
Camera Back International standard 4x5 revolving Graflok
4x5 Fresnel focusing screen with glass gridline protective overlay
Interchangeable Bellows Yes
Minimum Extension 2" (51mm)
Maximum Extension 12" (300mm) (longer with optional tracks/bellows)
Lensboard Wista 96 x 99mm (Linhof Technika 45 type)
Dimensions 8.5 x 7.8 x 4.0" (21.5 x 19.7 x 10 cm) WxHxD
Weight 6.30 lbs (2.86 kg)
Packaging Info
Package Weight 7.56 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 10.3 x 9.35 x 5.1"

Wista Technical 45RF reviews

Technical 45RF Rangefinder 4x5 Metal Field Camera is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 1.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic 4x5 Field Camera, expanded capabilities The strength of this body is that it has expanded camera movements, more than a usual field camera. It has wider range of camera movements that was great for the look I was seeking with getting a cool Bokeh, or depth of focus with a wider range of blurred backgrounds. Like all large format cameras, it's a bit fussy to set up, but let's face it, it's not a point and shoot camera, it's a camera you learn to be fastidious and precise with. You slow things down and get it right with film so you don't have to do a lot of post processing work in photoshop. The rangefinder is right on target and makes shooting faster, especially if you do a simple shot that only needs infinity with a standard lens. It's very sturdy modular system that has lots of changeable parts.
Date published: 2015-10-03
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