The Century Graphic really appealed to me after fooling around with the big brother Crown Graphic which seemed far too heavy to lug around in the mountains. Originally it appealed to me as a nice affordable way to enter medium format photography. And the Century Graphic was intended and sold as an entry level camera with similar funtions as the higher end press cameras. I figured to mess around with it for awhile and intended to put a modern MC lens on it. Never happened. The first Century I owened came with the Wollensak Trioptar 103mm, which according to information I gathered wasn't too hot. In fact it's been so lame I haven't found it necesarry to want to replace it, and is my most used lens. I've had to completely tear down the shutter twice, but it still fires dead on from 1/10 to 1/100. I did a lens test with the government target and it beat out like seven tessars ranging from 101 to 105 and a Rodenstock triplet 103. Century Graphics can often be found without a Kalart side RF mounted and this is what I first acquired and backpacked with. Simple box and belows with some movements. Having the Grafloc back built in is a real plus and I often travel with three or four roll backs with diffrent films. Backpacking I just carry one due to weight. The Century is easily (for the mechanically inclined) dissassembled for cleaning and lube service and re-allignment of the rails etc... So there is that part of refurbishing the camera myself and then taking it out and working with it that is extra satisfying. This I found to be a bonus as I never wanted or intended to fix cameras. Oops. Yeah, and there's that nostolgic part of enjoyment of using a vintage rig, but there's always been a sort of defiance also with regard to everyone trying to convince me that digital is the way to go. And then there's the challenge of trying to get the thing to do what I want it to, but that's another story and involves learning curves, lack of experience and being self taught. But on every roll of film seemed to be one or a couple images that suggested a cheap Century Graphic with a seemingly underated lens could do a whole lot more than one might expect from a hundred dollar camera with a bakelite plastic body, and hokey glued on leatherette vinyl patches. I found it hard not to like.