I have decided I need to spend more time with my plate cameras. I have acquired five of the compact folders over the past several years. All have good shutters and lenses, and bellows needing just minimal patching to be usable. My first, the Kodak Recomar 18, was in great shape as it came to me from a fellow who was a very competent camera repairman. The others had small issues that I was able to handle myself, and I was able to find two roll film adapters which made it practical to shoot all the cameras.
Yesterday, I loaded a roll of Fuji Acros in the Bentzin Primar and took it for a walk around Old Town. As usual on a Friday morning, some of the local classic car enthusiasts had parked their treasures on the west end of the Plaza Vieja. As much as I like the 100-speed Acros/Rodinal combination, it turns out to be something of a challenge to shoot in the plate cameras in anything less than full sun. A shutter speed of 1/100 is about as low as I can go when hand-holding a 105mm lens, and opening the lens past f16 gives very shallow depth of field when distance has to be estimated. I still have several rolls of Tri-X in the refrigerator, so I'll likely use that in my next round with the plate cameras.