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Linhof4x5 Technikardan 45s Camera

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4x5 Technikardan 45

By Spencer

from Boston MA

About Me Pro Photographer


  • Compact
  • Durable
  • Easy to Use
  • Lightweight


    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Travel

    Comments about Linhof 4x5 Technikardan 45s Camera:

    I use this camera for landscape and still life photography. I travel with it. Folded with 5 lenses and all necessary accesories everything fits in a small back pack.

    It took a few weeks to work my way around the movements and quickest way to fold it down. But once you are familiar with how it works it is a dream.

    I have had the camera for ten years and have had nothing fail. Perfect for what I do.

    I wish the wide angle bellows were stiffer and I have to take care of picture frame edges with 135mm lens.

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    A pro workhorse for a reason...

    By Noah Addis

    from Philadelphia, PA

    Verified Reviewer


    • Design
    • movements
    • Portability
    • Precision
    • Rigidity


    • Price of accessories
    • Price of camera

    Best Uses

    • Architecture
    • Interiors
    • landscape
    • Portraits
    • Urban landscape

    Comments about Linhof 4x5 Technikardan 45s Camera:

    You may read negative opinions of this camera on various online forums, but this camera has been a workhorse for many pro architectural photographers for a while, and with good reason.

    I do documentary photography in mostly urban areas, so I needed a camera that was portable enough to travel with but offered good movements, like ample front rise and fall. I tried a metal folding field camera, and it didn't offer the movement I needed. And a studio monorail would just be too big.

    The TK45S more than fits my needs. It's almost as compact as a folding field camera, and offers the movements and flexibility of a monorail. For some shooters who use a folder in the field and a monorail in the studio, this camera could take the place of both.

    The camera sets up relatively fast. Despite what you may read online it's easy to set up and break down, and it's quite sturdy.

    Combine all of that with the typical quality engineering and manufacturing of a German camera, and you have a first-rate system camera.

    The only real downside is the price of the camera and accessories, but you get what you pay for.

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