Large format manufacturers

Discussion in 'Large Format Cameras and Accessories' started by Ola, Jan 16, 2008.

  1. Ola

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    Recently uploaded my website, it has a massive links section concentrating on traditional.... photography, need some help though. My aim was, (among other things) to make a comprehensive (sort of) list of links to LF camera manufacturers. Currently I am struggling with manufacturers such as :Lupa (Italian?); Rajah (Indian?); Chamonix (Chinese); and Kwok (also Chinese?). If you got some solid information about these or others that I might have missed, please let me know.

    http://bawpy.com
     
  2. Trevor Crone

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    In May of 2006, I posted this message to a forum on the Large Format Photography Web site. You might find a few manufacturers here you don't yet have.

    Craig

    http://www.largeformatphotography.info/forum/showthread.php?t=18172

    What Kind of Camera? (Finding Camera Manufacturers)
    When I first decided to purchase a large format camera I had no idea how many companies made them or who they were. So, I did some homework and read through hundreds of posts on this and the “other” LFP forum. It turns out there there may be nearly 40 such companies.

    As I did this background research, I was struck by how frequently one fundamental question was being asked - which camera should I buy? This might very well be the most frequently asked question in these forums although the basic question is rephrased in a variety of ways:

    What Large Format cameras do you recommend?
    http://www.photo.net/bboard/q-and-a-...id=00GjlH&tag=

    Toyo 45CX for a starter kit?
    http://www.photo.net/bboard/q-and-a-..._id=00GmYg&tag

    Help finding a 4x5 system for a 4x5 newbie....
    http://www.photo.net/bboard/q-and-a-...id=00GjlH&tag=

    tachihara vs ebony
    http://www.largeformatphotography.in...ad.php?t=17706

    Any 4X5 field camera to recommend?
    http://www.largeformatphotography.in...ad.php?t=17495

    As I read through the forums trying to decide which camera was right for me, I collected a list of the names of the camera manufacturers. Sometimes a URL was included which I also noted. For those messages that mentioned a company name but that didn’t list a URL, I tried Google and Yahoo to see if I could find a URL for a specific company. I did this because I wanted to have a look at the Web sites and figure out what my options were in terms of manufacturer, price, features, and the less tangible aspects of LF camera ownership like aesthetics and “fit.”

    As you can imagine, this took me quite a while. I finally decided on a Shen-Hao since I could get a new one very inexpensively (I live in Hong Kong and bought directly from Seagull Trading Company in Shanghai) and the Shen-Hao seemed to have more to learn about in terms of movements than other low-cost cameras.

    Now that I’ve bought my camera, I hate to waste the research I did on camera companies so I am posting it below for others to use. I did the same thing with a list of manufacturers of focusing screens:

    http://www.largeformatphotography.in...ad.php?t=18137

    and of bags and backpacks

    http://www.largeformatphotography.in...ad.php?t=18043

    The camera manufacturers are alphabetized below into one of three categories:

    A. LF Camera manufacturers: active URL
    B. LF Camera manufacturers: inactive URL
    C. LF Camera manufacturers: no URL

    If you know one of the missing URLs or have other contact information like an alternative URL, email address, or phone number, please leave it in your comments.

    Best wishes,

    Craig

    LF CAMERA MANUFACTURERS: ACTIVE URL

    Artworks View Cameras
    www.fineartphotosupply.com/workscamera.htm

    Bender (camera kits)
    www.benderphoto.com

    Bulldog (self assembly camera)
    www.camerabellows.com/Bulldog.html

    Cameramaker.com (camera plans and kits)
    www.cameramaker.com

    Calumet (also sells Zone VI camera)
    www.calumetphoto.com

    Cambo
    www.cambo.com

    Deardorff Cameras (Ken Hough Photographic Repair Service)
    www.deardorffcameras.0catch.com
    Specializing in the Complete restoration of Deardorff View Cameras
    “My cameras are mechanically new.”
    (219) 462-0281

    K.B. Canham
    www.canhamcameras.com

    Ebony
    www.ebonycamera.com

    Fotoman
    http://www.fotomancamera.com/

    Gandolfi
    www.gandolficameras.com

    Gowland
    www.petergowland.com/camera

    Horseman (also markets Woodman cameras)
    www.horsemanusa.com

    Kozik Camera Kit (Aluminum camera kits)
    home.luna.nl/~kozik/index.htm

    Layton
    www.laytoncamera.com

    Lotus
    www.lotusviewcamera.at

    Linhof
    www.linhof.de/english/index.html

    Rayment Kirby
    www.raymentkirbycameras.co.uk/home/index.htm

    Shen-Hao
    www.shen-hao.com

    Silvestri
    www.silvestricamera.it/eng/home_eng.htm

    Sinar
    www.sinar.ch
    www.sinarbron.com/sinar/conventional/cameras.php

    Toho
    www.toho-machine.co.jp

    Toyo
    www.toyoview.com

    Walker
    www.walkercameras.com

    Wehman Field Camera
    www.wehmancamera.com/camera.html

    Wisner
    www.wisner.com

    Wista
    www.wista.co.jp/e_wista/english.htm


    LF CAMERA MANUFACTURERS: INACTIVE URL

    Granview (USA)
    www.GranView.com
    More information - http://www.camerareview.com/template...?camera_id=361

    Tachihara (Japan)
    www.binder.co.jp/handyview/index.htm
    More information - www.kenrockwell.com/tech/4x5.htm

    LF CAMERA MANUFACTURERS: NO URL

    Arca Swiss Phototechnik (Switzerland)
    No company URL available, email customer Service arca-swiss@swissonline.ch
    Or see http://www.precisioncameraworks.com/...arca_core.html

    Deardorff Cameras

    Deardorff Photographic Products International (USA)
    58 West Lincolnway, Valpariso, Indiana, 46383, (219) 464-9748

    Hoffman Master View (USA)
    631/694-4470 Phone number does not work, no URL
    More information - shutterbug.com/equipmentreviews/ medium_large_format /0600sb_wetried

    Ikeda Anba (Japan)
    More information - www.thalmann.com/largeformat/anba.htm

    Iston (Japan?)
    More information - www.rarecamerainc.com/info/CamId173.htm

    Kwok (China)

    Lupa (Italy)

    Nagaoka Seisakusho (Japan)
    More information - www.clickondavid.com/nagaoka.jpg

    Osaka (Japan)
    More information - www.bromwellmarketing.com/osaka.htm

    Rajah (India)
    More information - www.cameraeccentric.com/html/sale/rajah45g.html
     
  4. George Papantoniou

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    That's amazing, Craig... I copied your list for future reference... Thank you for sharing your work...
     
  5. Ola

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    Thanks Craig (et al.)!

    From what I can tell I had already included everyone on your list. It is really nice to see so many manufacturers, hope they are all thriving. Want some more? I've also managed to find the following brands:

    Bigshotz
    Bostic & Sullivan
    Philips
    The Star Camera Company
    Fatif
    YS Create
    Plaubel
    Dr.Gilde
    Focus-Dayi
    Ballester
    Gottschalt
    Argentum

    Doesn't make life easy when it comes to choosing, but it is fun. Take a look at the list at bawpy.com. Again, thanks!
     
  6. steve simmons

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    There is an article on the View Camera weeb site called

    Getting Started in Large Format

    that will help someone decide which features are important. It does not compare camera brands but tells people which features are important for different types of subject matter, how to decide on lenses, etc. It is in the Free Articles section.

    steve simmons
    publisher, view camera magazine
    21 years of publication
    www.viewcamera.com
     
  7. jgjbowen

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    Another manufacturer of Large Format and ULF cameras is Richard Ritter. His ULF is currently available and his LF cameras should be on the market in the next couple of months (maybe weeks). OOPS, I was just checking Richard's site to get the link for his ULF camera and look what I found... http://www.lg4mat.net/LFcamera.html Looks like the LF camera is now available to order with deliveries in March. Richard states he is offering a discount for orders received with deposits prior to February 15th!!

    Richard's ULF page is http://www.lg4mat.net/ulf.html
     
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    It seems that the Chinese maker Seagull also makes Large Format cameras.

    http://www.camerachina.com/ follow link "Large Format Cameras & Accessories" on the left.

    EDIT: Ah, they are all Shen-Hao cameras, which is already on the list.
     
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