Ever since I first saw one I've had a desire to own one of these beasts. Up until last weekend it was just a nice fantasy as I'd never seen one for sale locally and the people on eBay seemed strangely reluctant to post one to Australia Last weekend I went for a drive to pick up a 20" 5.6 aerial lense and popped in to an antiques centre on the way back. One of the dealers specialised in camera equipment and has two Centuries in stock and said he had sold three over the course of the last year. One was on a two post stand and the other on a three legged stand (i.e. a geared stand, not a folding tripod). Both came with big brass lenses and had reasonable price tags (by local standards). Now that this has become more than just a vague possibility, I was wondering whether they are in fact usable cameras. I'm most interested in portraits which is what I assume these were designed to do. Would I need a huge studio or can you get by with more modest camera to subject distances? I enjoy using old equipment but don't want to be a collector of static objects. Similarly, I could spend the same sort of money to get a modest modern(ish) 8x10 outfit but that doesn't interest me.