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    Falling plate box camera - 4x5.

    Imperial camera company falling plate box camera. I recall dating it to the 1890s but I don't remember where I got that information now.

    Contains 12 plate holders which operate on a falling plate mechanism controlled by a lever on top - with a counter to indicate the exposures taken! The plate holders can be adapted for paper-negatives or film with a simple insert made out of black construction paper. I have made a couple of those (seen in the images) but never actually got around to shooting film in this.

    Lens and shutter are meniscus with rotating spring-disk shutter. The shutter was seized when I got it, and I refurbished it so that it now works well. Two exposure settings, time and instant. Two aperture settings: big and small. Falling plate mechanism works very well and makes a ridiculously satisfying KER-chi-CLUNK sound.

    I've used it for a couple of paper negs (unfortunately my paper neg technique is bad), but I think for film use you'd want to seal up the back a bit better (it just relies on a tight fit between the wood pieces, and I think for proper light sealing you'd probably want some felt installed.

    Very interesting collectible, and the size is true 4x5".

    $80.







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    Hello Walter...do you send the camera to germany...and can i pay with paypal ?...regards Artur

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    ps: when germany and paypal
    are good...i buy it :-)

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    falling plate / magazine cameras are THE BEST ...
    and this price can not be beat !

    john



 

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