FS B&J 4x5 Field Camera with Monorail-Like Movements & Copal 1 Board

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  1. dachyagel

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    Burke and James 4x5 field camera (labeled "View Camera") with folding standard, beautiful red bellows, gridlined ground glass, and custom bored Copal 1 wooden lens board (rear-recessed hole bored by S.K. Grimes).

    Although it lacks the precision of a modern monorail, this camera has more movements than most of the field cameras that are out there -- at least 3 inches of rise and fall; about 3 inches shift on front and rear standards; as much front and rear swing as the bellows can stand; at least 45 degrees of tilt, front and rear.

    Of course you can also use this as a studio or a portrait camera as well, which is what it was originally designed for.

    Bellows and perfect (they may not be original to the camera): light tight, no cracks, holes, or wrinkles. Fully extended, there's about 13 inches of draw (fine for a 250mm lens or smaller).

    Removable back; sturdy, tight dark cloth clips.

    Metal rails with easy to use focus lock; focus is smooth (I cleaned and lubed the rails with sewing machine oil when I got the camera).

    There are three minor issues with this camera: 1) the leather strap for the top had decayed, and I removed it (easy to make a new one from a leather belt); 2) the 1/4" tripod thread was slightly recessed and wouldn't work with my cheap Slik tripod, so I added a 1/4" bushing to the bottom (about 2 inches in front of the original tripod socket), but I did a lousy job, and this bushing is slightly off center (an issue if you have spirit levels on your tripod; I solved this by using a portable level that I could lay on the body of the camera); 3) to make focusing easier, I removed the folding tack paper for the groundglass hood -- doesn't affect operation so long as you use a dark cloth (which I do).

    Camera weighs between 4 and 5 pounds; folded, it's 11.5" high, 9.5" wide (including focusing knobs), and about 6" deep. Perfect for backpacking, which is how I used it, trekking around Brooklyn and Manhattan. I'm selling it because I have three other large format cameras and a tiny apartment --

    $150 or best offer through PayPal; PM me if you have questions.
     

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    Just a comment, isn't that a B&J Commercial? Reason I ask, I've got the same one in 5x7 sitting as a Shelf Queen.
     
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    Yeah, I think it is a commercial -- they made a 5x7 version as well.
     
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    Thought I had this sold, but it fell through, so I'm dropping the price to $125.

    PayPal only!
     
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    I'll take it for $125 but I don't have pay pal.
     
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    STILL AVAILABLE
     
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    PM sent!

    Marc!
     
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    Pending payment....
     
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    SOLD
     
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