Wista deserves significant recognition for producing high quality large format field cameras that compare well with their Linhof counterparts but at a much more reasonable price. This 45N has a very sturdy body, unlike wooden field cameras and looks a lot like a Linhof. The only significant movement that it doesn’t have is front swing but I’m not even close to learning how to utilize all the movements. The beauty of this camera is that for being a large format 4×5 inch sheet film camera, it is actually quite compact. All folded up it’s about the size of a Mac Mini computer.
You can view a few photos taken with this camera here.
The number of lenses available for large format cameras is overwhelming. Since almost all field cameras take the same type of lens board, compatibility isn’t much of an issue. And even when it is, lens boards can be switched very easily. Subsequently these lenses really hold their value, generally priced between $200 and $500. I have four lenses for my Wista and if I were to get one more it would be a wide angle 65mm or 75mm. Currently I have a Fujinon SW 90/8, a Fujinar W 15cm f/6.3, a Nikkor-W 180mm f/5.6 and a Fujinon L 300mm f/5.6.
I ended up selling this camera and lenses to help finance the purchase of a New Mamiya 6.