Thank you Julio and Phil, the used technique was the front (forehead) held, I read it somewhere and it works, put de camera face down with the finder being the lower part and the body is help by your forehead and hands, nice handling that way, maybe a little practice at home for just do the clicking without moving the camera, but once you get it you can shoot at 1/30 - 1/10 nicely.
scott wrote:I have to say, the quality of inventory at the local camera shops in Russia is superlative...
I haven't bought any camera from any shop, only Perkeo II and Medalist II were from Ebay, the rest were second hand market (websites) and talking with these sellers about what they dont have on sale yet.
Months ago there was a grandson selling the cameras from his grandfather who was "amateur" (Zeiss Ikon pre and post war, Rollei planar, Linhof and some others)
Now Im in touch with a man about 50s whose father in law pasted away... I have been in this man's house, he took something from the father in law to his home to do inventory and started to sell, so far he has about 150 photography items for selling (the Hasselblad, 28mm and 40mm for LTM came from him). And month ago he took me to the father in law house to 'take a look'. Now imagine a house absolutely full of all kind of cameras, lenses, holders, films, parts, you name it. All stores had something, this person lived literally for taking pics (I was told he was a volcano photographer specialist). Two large fridges full of films, all sizes. We could not figure out how this person could live in this house...
My next target, and on this I need your advices, is to go a make a list of the large format cameras he has and which would be better for me to start with.
Normally the shop which sell second hand charges 20% of the selling prize, thats why only if the equipment has been checked and declared in good used condition its safe to buy. The usual second hand market works as following... You see the item, phone the guy, do some questions, bargain if its allowed and then agree on a meeting, normally INSIDE the metro, easiest to go back home and never had a problem (and safest depending in area is doing the selling), you inspect the item, if you like it, you pay it and bye, no chance of getting back to the seller saying you forgot to check something and now at home you saw it and bla bla, sold its done. Normally it takes me 5-10 mins to inspect without any rush, and this is a lot of time for a Moscovite
Only on local auction websites and photograph forum markets you can ask for a devolution.
This is my way to get cameras here