what does it take to capture an image with a digital camera?
- Take camera out of bag,
Oops, I forgot to list that one for 4x5...
- Remove lens cap
Yes, very true.
- Place camera strap behind neck
Don't one when shooting on tripod.
- [option] set the lens if it is not set yet,
- [option] set filter holder on the lens if needed,
- [option] mount lens shade,
I keep mine mounted all the time on all my lenses but 300mm f2.8 and 600mm f5.6.
- Fit camera to tripod
- Insert memory card
True once every 500 images.
- Measure the scene with a light meter (do you honestly want to use the Nikon/Canon engineers exposure value when they're not even at the scene you're shooting?)
Built-in meter is fine for calibration shot, histogram check and exp compensation for perfect exposure add 5-10 sec depending on your CPU and knowlegde of your camera behavior.
- Wait for wind to slow down because digital cameras are getting pretty big these days and they make a fantastic windsock
- Settle on hanging camera bag from tripod because they're still not that heavy
- Take 12 bracketed exposures because everyone processes their images using HDR/tone-mapping these days, right?
- Take another 12 bracketed exposures because everyone processes their images using HDR/tone-mapping these days, right?
I haven't done a single HDR since I started to use a D3X 4 years ago, but HDR can indeed be time consuming if your equipment limits your ability to capture the dynamic you think you need.
- Upload 16Gb of images onto your computer
- Spend most of the night wading through almost identical images
True, that part can be time consuming if you shoot high volumes and have not decided to invest in the right computer equipment. Now it is not relevant if you use your DSLR like you would use a 4x5 camera.
With all due respect, your list of directions on taking an image with a 4x5 camera could only have been more long-winded if you the described bus journey to and from the scene. You describe a complex process but the first seven instructions only need to be done once! Of course, you know this. It rarely takes anyone with a modicum of experience with a view camera to set up, compose and capture an image more than a few minutes. If it is as slow and complex a process as you describe, most images captured with view cameras would have been missed.
And it is indeed my experience that, although I am shooting what I think is the most efficient 4x5 camera available, 4x5 results in a very high number of missed opportunities.
Now, don't get me wrong, I love shooting 4x5. But it is clearly a slow process, much slower than shooting spherical panos with a DSLR.
By the way, my check list applies to how I used to shoot 4x5: on the trail with my equipment in an Osprey 60l pack along with clothing, food,... I agree that things can be faster if you shoot with a car and can keep your gear pre-mounted all the time.