FT/FS: 4x5 for 2x3
Buying a 4x5 view camera seems to have been somewhat of a mistake for me. I don't have a 4x5 enlarger, and 4x5s are a little too small for contact printing. I don't have any way to process the film (I can develop B&W in trays, but color is a different story). As if that isn't bad enough, the calumet monorail camera I bought is simply too bulky for me to take everywhere, so it sits in my room.
Instead of buying a new enlarger, a 4x5 processor, and a lighter 4x5 camera, I was thinking about a medium format view camera. The one I'm really out for is a horseman, since I, for some reason, already have a 105mm horseman lens, and all my RB67/graflok backs should mount to a horseman. I'd much prefer a press / technical camera to another monorail, so that hand-holding is possible.
In any case, make me an offer, be it a camera or money, if you're at all interested in the following:
- Calumet monorail camera (looks like this: http://farm1.static.flickr.com/170/4...6a1608ff37.jpg). Relatively good condition. It's not spotless, but its not grotesque either (probably closer to spotless than grotesque).
- 150mm f/5.6 Caltar type-S in a wista press shutter with front & back caps. There's some minor separation in the lens elements around the edges, but I've noticed no ill effects; it's apparently a common problem.
- about 10 (I'd have to count) double sided film holders.
- 15-20 sheets of ilford Delta 100, expired 2009-ish, kept in the fridge.
- 40-50 sheets of kodak pro 100, ~18 sheets of velvia 50, both expired 1998, but kept frozen. I bought the color film from another APUG member, who'd said it was still good when he sold it to me a few months ago. I shot a few sheets and it appears to be fine to me.
- an extra #0 lens board
- an extra sheet of ground glass. (the one on the camera is gridded, the extra seems to be marked for portraits or something)
- A bellows lens shade, appears to have a removable filter drawer and a flash shoe.
- A big metal case to hold everything in. It's pretty beat up, but it's sturdy and all the latches work.
Shipping may be a problem due to the size and weight. It was shipped to me for around $20 from Washington via parcel post, which isn't too bad, but an in-person transaction would be preferred (especially since I don't have a box big enough for this to fit in...). I live in the southern suburbs of chicago, a mile or two off of I-80 if anyone wants to take a road trip.
If you want pictures of anything, just ask, but I doubt you'll get much out of them. The only digital camera I own is the one attached to my phone, and the quality is rather "bleh".
How long is the focusing rail?
It's a little short of 20 inches.
Sounds like its a model CC-400, 16" bellows on a 20" rail. The CC-401 has a 22" bellows on a 26" rail, abd the CC-402 is the wide angle with bag bellows. I have a CC-401, they arent pretty, but they do almost everything all the other view cams can do, and they are cheap, built like tanks, and weigh a ton. These are great entry level views, This looks like a great bargain for someone.
I found a box that everything should fit in if anyone's interested in buying this, but isn't close enough to come pick it up.
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Would you be willing to sell me one of the ground glasses?
What do you think about the B&J (Burke and James) press camera in the 6x9 format? I have one here I don't know what to do with mostly because I don't have any film holders. It has a Graflex Trioptar f 4.5 103mm lens with T B and 1/10 to 1/200 shutter, and f stops to f 32. Front standard swing tilt rise. The bed is a drop bed. Has a viewfinder and a Kalart Sychronized Rangefinder. Oh, and a flash and grip, and even some original flash bulbs too. You'll need to find film holders and give this a real top-down cleaning. Ground glass looks pretty good shape and should clean up nice. It has a grid etched into it (not painted black lines).
Looks like a mini-speed graphic.
I love the wilderness and I love my trail cameras, all Fuji's! :) GA645, GW690 III, and the X100 which I think is the best trail camera ever invented (to date).
I looked up the B&J press, and the only thing keeping me from wanting one is the lack of a graflok back. I was hoping to be able to use my RB67 roll film backs.
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