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    My 8x10 camera build

    Some of you may remember that I have built three ULF camera's. 8x20, 11x14 and 14x17. I have been using them all and even though they are not perfectly rigid they work well enough. So I decided to build my 8x10. Seems only fitting that I should have all four formats built by me. So my 1904 Seneca Improved can get some rest. It is a great camera and the one I use the most. I've seen many designs i like and I've got a combination that I will use for this build. Some images. This will be Walnut and Rosewood. My New Years project!
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    Wow Jim.. I'm sure your camera will be beautiful. make sure to post pic when you finishe it.

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    I will post images as I go. Here are the previous three.
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    These sure are beauties!

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    Wow!! absolutly stunning. I'm jealous that you have the abilty to create these cameras by hand. What a skill. Hmmm.. do you make them to sell?

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    All of the cameras I build are labors of love. They are functional and all have their quirks. Each one gets better. So the 8x10 should be the best.

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    I've seen these cameras. I can tell you that the finish is silky smooth. It's a joy to use equipment that's well made and elegant. The 8x10 will be fun to see.
    Everytime I find a film or paper that I like, they discontinue it. - Paul Strand - Aperture monograph on Strand

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    Curt, thanks. Yes I love using the ULF'S. Can't wait to use the 8x10.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Fitzgerald View Post
    All of the cameras I build are labors of love. They are functional and all have their quirks. Each one gets better. So the 8x10 should be the best.
    I need to pick your brain about sourcing some of those pieces of brass hardware so I can build myself a 5x7 instead of beating the bushes for a decent one; the metal parts are the only thing that's keeping me from doing it. Nice work on the three that you posted; going by those your 8x10 will be lovely as well!

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    Hi, Jim.

    Looking forward to watching this progress. I'm currently doing the same thing (learning how to anodise aluminium at the moment!).

    I couldn't see with the photos that you've posted; how are yo doing the joints? Finger joints?

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