#womanneedshercamera / by lisa shin

Sinar p3 front standard with wide angle bellows patiently awaits it's rear bearer, while in repair.

Sinar p3 front standard with wide angle bellows patiently awaits it's rear bearer, while in repair.

In this age of quality phone cameras, small mirrorless bodies and today's versatile SLRs, it has undoubtedly been tempting to abandon this cumbersome old lady, the view camera. Don't get me wrong--I do use those cameras, all of them, when it makes sense. But the Sinar (F1) was my very first "pro camera", and going from 35mm to 4x5 film was not for the convenience. Ever. Sure, the sexy knobs, standards, swings and tilts of the view camera seduced me into the ever trending Vintage-- but that was just the surface. The ability to displace the lens to get the perspective just so, or to simply get the blasted thing out of the way of the shot --when you need it, you just do and it feels good to have it.  Like a kid at the candy store, I continue to ogle at the vast array of camera advancements, but for now, I patiently await the return of this beloved classic from repair.