The beast arrived yesterday from Poland. First impressions: beautiful wood, very stable and precise. On the negative side, the metal springs on the 8x10 film back are very tight and require a bit of effort to insert the film holder. I probably should have ordered the bail back. At any rate, I will figure things out, including the need for a much more robust tripod and hopefully share some images soon. Looking at ground glass in the living room last night at a lamp about ten feet away was a treat for my old eyes-like looking at a TV screen.