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About Tachihara

The Tachihara Field camera is the most advanced wooden view camera approved by the many first class photographers in the world. The material used is the best Cherry wood selected in order to have the best technical cameras.

The Field 4x5 is designed to match professional photographer's use and amateurs, provided with precision, durability and high mechanical devices.

The Field camera is one of the artistic works, the wooden surfaces are finished very carefully. The camera back is equipped with a Fresnel glass for easy focusing.

Tachihara Specifications

Type
Field Camera
Format
4x5
Camera Movements
-
Rise
70mm
Swing
17°
Tilt
30° & 30°
Back swing
23°
Back tilt
40° & 40°
Bellows extention
Max 330mm
Min 65mm
Lens panel
Linhof type
Dimentions
8x8x3" (folded)
Weight
3.3 lbs.
Mfr #
SKU
VW45FC

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4.3

(based on 7 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Pretty as a Picture

I worked for 30+ years as a commercial photographer shooting food, small product and architectural work with the company's monorail view cameras which are less than optimal for location work. I had lusted after a wooden folding field camera and especially the beautiful Tachihara cherry wood 4X5 view [...] After my retirement I started my own architectural photo practise and the first thing I bought was the Tachihara. As expected, the wooden field camera has proven to be an excellent architect...

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I worked for 30+ years as a commercial photographer shooting food, small product and architectural work with the company's monorail view cameras which are less than optimal for location work. I had lusted after a wooden folding field camera and especially the beautiful Tachihara cherry wood 4X5 view [...] After my retirement I started my own architectural photo practise and the first thing I bought was the Tachihara. As expected, the wooden field camera has proven to be an excellent architectural camera. It sets up quickly and is rigid in the right places. I had made an old Crown Graphic due for a while but this was much better. The only draw back I can think of is that its so pretty civilians mistake it for a restored antique and have a hundred questions whenever I set up in a public place.

Reviewed by 7 customers

 
4.0

Great light weight field camera

By

I decided to play with a view camera to experience technical movement photography. Based on reviews (e.g. Ken Rockwell), this seemed like the camera to get if I wanted to carry it around. I have found this camera very easy to use and light weight. I use Rodenstock Grandagon 90mm f/6.8 and Sironar-n 210mm f/5.6 lenes. I ended up getting both from Adorama. I hunted some on auction sites, but those lenses usually got bid up to around or above the used Adorama price, so I snagged them from here. The lenses were both essentially perfect, even though Adorama rated them E- or E. Recommended "backpacking" lenses are usually slower (e.g. f/8) than the ones I got. But, I wanted brighter lenses to help me focus. The 5.6 and 6.8 lenses are not that much heavier, and I only have two of them. I find them ok to focus, especially with a dark cloth. Getting a good 4x focusing loupe is important (I got a used Toyo). I'm shooting a Fuji PA-145 "polaroid" back for 3x4 film (no one makes the 4x5 instant film anymore). That way, I can see my results right away and learn about the camera! The Case Logic CPL-106 DSLR Camera Shoulder Bag fits the camera very well. I use that and a Kelty Redwing fitted with a Pelican 1525 Padded Divider Set to carry all the parts around (including the camera in the case logic case). I use my Really Right Stuff tripod head (they make a view camera foot) on my gitzo CF tripod. I'd recommend you also get the Adorama spanner wrench for copal-0 and copal-1 lenses. You'll need it to transfer lenses to the 96x99mm lens boards used by the camera. I use a free Light Meter app on my iphone 5. No, its not as good as a spot meter, but its free and for what I'm doing right now with instant film, its close enough.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

EXCELLENT PRODUCT

By

If I knew how easy the 4x5 camera was to use I would have bought one many years ago. The results are amazing for such a simple camera

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Form Follows Function and More

By

This is my fourth field camera, as it was also my first. After owning the Wista and the Toyo field cameras, each with its own advantages, I came back eventually to the Tachihara as the best all-around combination of features. Its "packability", as well as its fit and finish, is the best. It takes a light touch on the movements and practice to get things right with ease, but it becomes second-nature, The movements are more than adequate for almost any need. For packing, a 135mm or so lens will fit reversed inside the folded camera. Add a QuickLoad holder and a few QL sheets (and a tripod, of course) and you have a rig that weighs no more than an average 35mm or DSLR kit, but gives vastly superior results. I have taken mine on hikes and cross-country skiing trips and found it easy to carry for hours at a time (and I'm past seventy).

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Tachihara 4x5

By

A very good little 4x5, bright screen, accurate focus. A bit flimsy and has an odd rear swing in which each side moves forward separately with knobs. Kind of ugly but does the job and costs little.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good field view at a reasonable price

By

I have used two of these over the last 20 years. I have been impressed with the quality of construction and the light weight for a 4x5 camera.

(22 of 22 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Pretty as a Picture

By

I worked for 30+ years as a commercial photographer shooting food, small product and architectural work with the company's monorail view cameras which are less than optimal for location work. I had lusted after a wooden folding field camera and especially the beautiful Tachihara cherry wood 4X5 view [...] After my retirement I started my own architectural photo practise and the first thing I bought was the Tachihara. As expected, the wooden field camera has proven to be an excellent architectural camera. It sets up quickly and is rigid in the right places. I had made an old Crown Graphic due for a while but this was much better. The only draw back I can think of is that its so pretty civilians mistake it for a restored antique and have a hundred questions whenever I set up in a public place.

(15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Highly Recommend

By

I love that it is lightweight and compact, very easy to travel with. The only problem I have with it is that it is very flashy; the gold knobs and cherrywood make people flock to it. This sometimes makes it tough to get the picture.

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