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    What 4x5 folding camera for use with Type 55 Polaroid film

    Can you guys offer any suggestions as to any [old] folding camera that can take Type 55 instant film?

    Is it possible?

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    Any 4x5" camera with a conventional spring back and a Polaroid holder can take type 55. That's just about all of them, which the exception of some Graflex reflex cameras that don't take standard sized filmholders, and maybe a few others.
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    Great thanks, could anyone make any recomendations for a cheap camera and a holder?

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    What are you going to do with it? Plus you're in Ireland. Might end up saving money just seeing what you can find near to home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick Zentena
    What are you going to do with it? Plus you're in Ireland. Might end up saving money just seeing what you can find near to home.
    I looked here and dont see anything in working order so I'm looking at that auction site. I'll be doing some portraits with it and trying some of the different polaroid techniques hopefully, so any recomendations appreciated.

    I saw an old eastman folder being used a while ago and saw the prints made. Lovely.

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    Do you really need folding? A cheap monorail would be my choice. Nice long bellows. Unlikely to attract much bidding. If you're not hiking then it won't be much of a hassle.

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    I'd prefer folding really but thanks for the suggestion.

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    The holder you want is a 545 or 545i.

    For portraits you don't need a lot of camera movements, but you want enough bellows to get in close for the lens you are using, and some front rise and fall can be handy. There are lots of good cameras out there. As long as everything is straight, steady, and the bellows is light tight, you'll do fine. Among old wooden flatbed cameras, it's hard to recommend one over another without knowing the condition of the particular cameras you're considering.

    If you go to lfphoto.info, there are some good articles on the main page about the general types of cameras that are out there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fintan
    Can you guys offer any suggestions as to any [old] folding camera that can take Type 55 instant film?

    Is it possible?

    Fintan
    OK--here is one suggestion:

    Burke and James (B&J) Press camera. A fair amount of movents (supposed to be more than the Graflex press cameras), folds up, cheaper than the Crown graphic, has a rangefinder (can be useful at times but a pain to reset for different lenses).

    I got mine with a polaroid film holder, a better than standard lens (152mm ektar) for ~$170. I probably overpaid.

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    The only problem with the B&J press is the bellows are around 11" I think. Without measuring mine.

    Instead how about one of the 5x7 woodies? Get one with a 4x5 back. It'll have more then enough bellows for 4x5. If it comes with both the 4x5 and 5x7 back you'll be able to shoot both formats. Not the best choice for wide angle lenses. Okay for wide 5x7 but not for wide 4x5.

    B&J and Ansco both made them. Neither tends to be expensive.

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