Not only are you looking at a fully functional Rangefinder 4x5, but also the ability to use lens movements while in the field as well, limited only by your imagination to position the body in accordance to your calculations. (Of course there are limitations as with any camera but with a little bit of imagination many of those limitations can be routed around)
(more explained in “rangefinder” section)
As illustrated in the picture to the right your movement limitations from “display” or the rail in normal large format camera position is limited by camera body position. Two tripod mounts have been installed on the reverse rangefinder plate to allow for both multiple positioning as well as for sturdier support when used with dual socket tripod plate mount systems allowing for versatile positioning. Along with the two 3/8” screw mount sockets installed a third original socket is located directly under the rail upright or “display” positioning. (A good piont of refrance for movements watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7lSy70q38I )
As you see from the illustrations to the left the movement limitations, or lack thereof; are determined by placement of the body before the front standard is positioned. Myself I use a sturdy ball head handle grip. Since the weight of the camera is light in manner this allows for fast and easy positioning while mounted on the tripod when using movements, combined with a film back like roll film, pack films or a Grafmatic (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xIY5X6-l0tw) you can quickly fly through your photo-shoot with ease as well as using it in standard positions while handheld.
Test Photos from “EVO”
Below are a few test examples taken with the “EVO” mounted with various lenses (Caltar f/5.6 - 150mm type I and II, Mamiya-Sekor f/5.6 150mm, Symmar f/5.6 - 150mm, Raptar f/4.5 – 127mm, Yashinon f/4.7 – 127mm, Tominon f/4.5 – 105mm, and a Ilex Wide Acugon f/8 – 90mm).
A lot of these pics were taken while dialing in the design and no real projects have been produced from it as of yet. I’ve been busy making it and raising funding in order to finish as well as a few medical issues that slowed everything down. It’s been a long road trying to get it finished in my spare time, and hope for a fun future with all the new ideas I have in store for it.
"Before & After"
.As you can see, she just ain’t what she used to be. A lot of love has gone into this project. At first it was just meant for me, a light weight 4x5 I could carry around. After a lot of thought and of course a lot of you asking if I’d make more, I’ve decided to go ahead and try to go into a production mode. I hope you all enjoy.