Many years ago I purchased a Seneca #9 to display in my house. The camera was built in 1900 and has sat on a bookcase collecting dust since I purchased it. It's a portrait camera with only front rise and fall movement.
I have recently decided to research the 5X7 market in order to delve into the world of contact print. I currently have a 4X5 and I know what it cost to put everything together, so I was a little unsure whether or not to make the leap to 5X7. That's when I remembered the Seneca.
I took it off the shelf, dusted it off and cleaned it up. It's in great shape with supple bellows and a Goerz Dagor F6.8 lens with very clear glass for its age. The shutter fires soundly at all speeds including 1 second. All I really need to do is to get another ground glass and a couple of film holders.
My other cameras (medium format) tend to be older, mechanical cameras and lenses from the 1950s. I like the feel of and look of the image taken with older equipment so I am not expecting the same spectacular results you get with a modern lens.
Has anyone out there in the APUG community used a camera and lens of this vintage and what have your results been like?