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blw Moderator Awarded for his high level of expertise in various areas Nikonian since 18th Jun 2004
Wed 15-Aug-12 09:07 AM

Anyone used one of these? They are the iconic camera of the *serious* 1930s or 1940s rail fan. They aren't excessively priced (around $500 in seemingly very nice condition with the classic Ektar 127mm/f4.7 lens). At $500 it's a bit expensive to use only as a prop, and since it is a 4x5 with at least a modicum of rise/shift/tilt movements, I'd be inclined to try to use it. Of course if I did that I'd have to upgrade my scanner to something that can handle 4x5" negatives, and it now occurs to me that I don't know anything about handling large format negatives in the darkroom...

Am I nuts for thinking of using such a thing?

Hmm... I *guess* it must have a tripod socket, so a universal plate would work to use it on a modern Arca-Swiss head? These are so old that I am far from confident that even if it has a tripod socket, the threads could be totally different...

Brian... a bicoastal Nikonian and Team Member

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