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    Need advice on a garage sale find

    Hey all,
    I just cruised a garage sale where a guy was selling a Folmer & Schwing 11x14
    studio camera with a back, board and lens for $300. What to do? Largest I've gone is 4x5. Thanks in advance!
    Brian

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    what town do you live in?

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    Ask for the filmholders if he has them. They are rare and cost $200 each.

    Sounds like a decent price. It should include a stand though. Without one it is very cumbersome.

    If it were a field camera it would be a steal.
    "There are two ways to avoid most trouble in life: live below your means... and within your seams."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank R View Post
    Ask for the filmholders if he has them. They are rare and cost $200 each.

    Sounds like a decent price. It should include a stand though. Without one it is very cumbersome.

    If it were a field camera it would be a steal.
    Thanks, Frank.
    It has a stand. I didn't see any holders.
    Guess I'll go back and look.

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    Run back and buy it.

    Even if you don't want it you can easily resell it for twice the price.

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    CRAP! Yard sales in Tonopah Nevada seem only to produce baby clothes and boxes of fruit jars!! :rolleyes: Bring home 1st! Ask questions second!! What was the lens?? Some crummy old 19" Heliar no doubt.
    He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep..to gain that which he cannot lose. Jim Elliot, 1949

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    If I was so lucky to find an 11x14 at a garage sale for that price!! Hell, I'd beg steal or borrow the money if I didn't have it! Like Jim says if it has a decent lens on it, that alone will be worth the $300.00. I don't have an 11x14 in the arsenal yet but if I had a deal like that, you know I would. Let us know what it looks like when you get it. Heck buy it and someone on APUG will buy it if you don't want it. Good luck.

    Jim

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    I have one of these beasts. Great camera. If you don't want it resell it. I always need spare parts.

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    Well, here it is; and it is rather beastly. It ended up having one film back. The extension rail adds another 36" to the 31" on the camera bed. The lens is a Wollensak. Sheesh, that's a lot of real estate to look through.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails fs1.jpg   fs2.jpg   fs3.jpg  

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    Sweet! Does the front rotate or ??? What are those three curved channels and knobs for?

    Great find. What kind of Wollensak lens does it have and did you score any holders with it?

    joe

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