That's what I fear - I will want to keep the darned thing and sell the Kodak. It is a damn good camera but I need an Expert Drum and have a cash flow problem (cash trickle). Something has to go.
I have both a KMV and a couple of Anscos in 8x10. The Kodak is a Cadillac of field cameras, the Ansco is a very good Chevrolet (by comparison). The Kodak folds up smaller, has better movements and all in all is an extremely well designed camera. If I had to choose, I would sell the Ansco and keep the KMV.
phototone, I wasn't really serious. I just had a surge of nostalgic affection for that old workhorse. It served me very very well but I agree with you about the KMV. It is a honey of a camera, despite the marriage of rise and tilt.
"The beauty and profundity of God is more real than any mere calculation"
I have paid around $350-400 for similar cameras. I think that would be a price that moves it, if the bellows are good. The bellows are the biggest factor in valuation, if the rest is sound and working.
I know nothing about large format photography!!!!!!
I was also researching the value of an ANSCO 8 x 10 and came across this thread. Thanks - very informative.
Now for my specific question about the lens and shutter that I picked up with the camera. The lens is a WOLLENSAK 12" f4.5 VELOSTIGMAT with a ALPHAX shutter, #167819. Is this a "desirable" combination?
My other question has to do with the age of the camera & lens. The camera is very similar to the one shown and marked "ANSCO" with no mention of "AGFA" so I guess it's safe to say the camera was produced after the WWII split. The lens board isn't marked but is made of wood and painted the same gray as the camera. The lens is not marked "SERIES II" as would seem to be what WOLLENSAK produced in the 40's/50's.