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    Holey bellows Batman! Need a cheap Cambo 4x5? pt 1

    Holey bellows Batman! Need a cheap Cambo 4x5? pt 1

    For sale are 6 Cambo/Calumet SC/N - series 4x5 monorail cameras. I bought these with the intention of having 4-5 similar cameras for participants to use during my wetplate collodion workshops. Circumstances have changed my teaching plans and so I am selling the cameras.



    Most have bellows that have been patched. With the lightbulb inside, some resembled a planetarium projector and required taping all along their length on all four corners. Some only needed 2-3 pinholes filled with liquid rubber (Dip-It) and then patching with a small piece of black vinyl tape. A couple have no pinholes. I think I found all the pinholes and all the bellows should be light-tight now. But, the patching is a temporary solution and although it has made the cameras functional now, several of these bellows may need replacement after a short while. The pricing reflects the condition of each. The worst is first. These are used cameras. Don't expect them to be a pristine. All are functional but sold as-is.

    all pictures of cameras #1 - #5 here

    all pictures of cameras #6 and other accessories here

    Cambo accessories ad



    B&J Orbit monorail view camera ad


    All prices are net to me before shipping. USPS money orders taken as payment or I'll accept a personal check and ship upon clearing. Sorry, no Paypal. While I'm willing to ship internationally, the cost of shipping and method of payment will probably make such a transaction too expensive and difficult to be reasonable.

    Lenses and lensboards are not included but I do have some available for purchase.

    Camera #1 - $70



    Calumet-branded w/ 21" monorail and bellows. This bellows was very poor and has been patched with vinyl tape along its length. The bubble levels are missing as are the 4 caps on the standards. The rail shows considerable wear. The plastic knobs have deep scratches. The back is a reversing (not rotating) Graflok spring back. The back has a bad spring on one side, but the back still closes and holds sufficiently so function is retained. The ground glass and attachment hardware are missing. This one is ugly. Buy it for parts. But with some groundless it would be functional and make a cheap yet versatile camera to test large-format waters.


    Camera #2 - $115


    Cambo camera with the longer 30" rail and bellows. I think this was an intermediate-level model in the SC-series based on the scaled movements and the separate swing locks. The bellows had numerous pinholes and is patched along its length with vinyl tape. The bellows is very pliable and unlike the other cameras in terms of material used. The bellows inner liner seems loose in spots but should be OK to use. The camera shows average wear and could use a cleaning. This one has a reversing spring back with a bail for easy insertion of film holders. The groundless and attachment hardware are missing. A small (tensioning?) screw for front rise is missing at the top of the front standard. I believe its purpose is to click into one of the standard's vertical detent positions, but the remaining side does that sufficiently. A working bubble level is present on both front and rear standards.

    For an additional $70 I have a 12" rail and intact nylon wide-angle bag bellows that extends about 11" maximum. Such a bellows is needed for infinity focus when using very short focal length lenses (usually in recessed lensboards), or where movements are needed in architectural photography or in close quarters where the longer bellows cannot compress or move sufficiently. Yet, with the bag bellows at maximum extension (~11") a 135mm lens could still be used for macro photography at near 1:1 magnification. Or, leave the long 30" rail and bellows behind and swap the 12" rail and bag bellows to get a small, lightweight camera for backpacking with normal or shorter lenses. In such a configuration this camera can be packed into a compact package by removing the standards from the rail. It takes less than a minute to reattach the rail and bellows to the standards. I'd sell this short rail and bag bellows combo with any of these cameras, but it would be particularly useful with camera #2 as a replacement for the longer 30" rail and bellows. Get two cameras in one.


    Camera #3 - $125


    Calumet-branded camera with the standard 21" rail and bellows. This bellows is in decent shape but is patched in a couple spots. It has a double-bubble level on the rear standard but one level is dry . The camera has a standard spring back with a plain groundless present. There are a few cosmetic marks present. This camera is like #1 but in much better overall shape.


    Since forum rules limit the length and number of pictures that can be posted in a single ad, please see my other ads for descriptions of the other cameras I have for sale.


    Cambo cameras # 4- #6 ad


    B&J Orbit 4x5 monorail view camera ad

    I also have some lens boards that fit these cameras. I'm selling those only with a lens purchase. I have various lenses for sale ranging from inexpensive 135mm Xenars ($115 on a Cambo/Calumet board) to very nice Fujinon NW-series lenses (in the $185-$225 range with lensboards). Let me know what you're after and I might have it.

    I also have a few Calumet camera cases available with a camera purchase in various conditions priced accordingly. Let me know if you have an interest in one of those and I'll come up with a price. I also have a pair of non-dedicated instrument cases that could be used to carry these cameras if the foam was modified or replaced. $25 each for those two with a camera purchase.

    I've also purchased several Schneider convertible Symmar lenses that fit the same shutter, the original intent again being teaching using similar equipment for each student during workshops. The front and rear element groups of these Plasmat-design lenses can be used separately or together to get 3 different focal lengths from a single lens. I'm cleaning them up and plan to make a few convertible Plasmat sets using the 150mm/180mm/210mm focal length trios for even more versatility with a single shutter. (That's 15 potential focal lengths from the six front and rear element groups of the 3 lenses.) Stay tuned.
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    Take an additional 10% off the Cambo/Calumet camera prices:

    Camera #1 (was $70) new price: $63

    Camera #2 (was $115) new price: $103.50

    Camera #3 (was $125) new price: $112.50

    Camera #4 (was $135) new price: $121.50

    Camera #5 (was $135) new price: $121.50

    Camera #6 (was $185) new price: $166.50

    Above prices net to me before shipping.

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    Dropping prices to 25% off for the Cambo/Calumet cameras:

    Camera #1 was originally $70: $52.50 now

    Camera #2 was originally $115: $86.25 now

    Camera #3 was originally $125: $93.75 now

    Camera #4 was originally $135: $101.25 now

    Camera #5 was originally $135: $101.25 now

    Camera #6 was originally $185: $138.75 now

    Above prices net to me before shipping.

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    All of the cameras still available.



 

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