What is the Nikon F4s + 50mm f/1.8 of large format ?

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What is the Nikon F4s + 50mm f/1.8 of large format ?
Jul 9, 2013

What I mean by that, is simply "which large format system (camera + lens) for somebody that doesn't want to spend huge amounts of money to try something new and still get excellent quality ?"

I have no background with using large format view cameras (4x5 or 8x10), and I would like to know if you can find a system (new or used) that doesn't cost too much, and still allows you to explore the potential of this format.

Between the camera, the lens, the film, and the processing/printing, what are the costs involved here ? What are the different price ranges / models ? What are the main manufacturers that people use today ?

Is there a big difference between 4x5 and 8x10 ?

Thank you for your help.

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