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    Rescued from a skip, but Is this worth saveing ?

    Hi Guys
    I recently rescued a camera from a neighbours skip
    It is a military camera, and is stamped with the Air ministry logo
    Its a big lump and complete with tripod my neighbour says the camera was
    Used to photograph aircraft from the ground during the second world war
    The camera also has the inscription "Ground Camera" on the base
    I would like some infomation on the camera if possable, and is it worth saving
    Or should it be thrown back in my neighbours skip before its taken away
    I can upload photos if required
    Thanks for any help
    Mike

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    Take the lens out at least- it's probably a lens that can cover large format of some sort and probably very fast.

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    domaz made a good point...there's almost always something worth saving in some found camera-like objects...and it's usually the glass if it's in quasi-decent shape. Please post a photo if you can - I'm anxious to see what it looks like. I've seen a few cameras of that military breed around and I'd be happy to see another - is it British then? Let's have a look!
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    Hi Mike, welcome to APUG.

    There's not enough details. Williamson made ground cameras. US made Anniversary Speed Graphics were used by the RAF as Ground cameras.

    You need to post some photo's, it could be useless, or it might be very interesting

    Kodak (UK) made Ground Camera's for the Air Ministry they are almost the same as the Commercial View cameras usually Whole Plate, and now I remember AW Young, Harringay Photo Supplies, Marston & Heard etc (all ex Government & Military Surplus stockists) used to sell an ex RAF Ground camera.

    Ian
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    If it's in decent shape, maybe some collector would be interested. Rather than toss it, I'd advertise it and see what happens. Though knowing myself I'd just keep it.:rolleyes:
    I do use a digital device in my photographic pursuits when necessary.
    When someone rags on me for using film, I use a middle digit, upraised.

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    Yes, save it. Very rare. Un, what is it?
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    Hi Guys
    These a a couple of photos of the camera, I,m not sure if any bits are missing
    Or even if it would work again, and is it a camera for photographing aircraft ?
    Thanks for any help
    Mike










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    I can't see the photos - did the attachment work?

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    Well look at the serial number 167.

    A strange utilitarian View camera but quite usable, it looks all there.

    Most RAF camps had photography departments, training manuals etc had to be prepared for all sorts of equipment maintenance, also for Air defence equipment.

    So yes it might well have been used to photograph aircraft, but static, undergoing maintenance, repair etc. But it's not likely for photography comabt from the ground.

    Ian

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    Nice haul from the trash heap. Definitely should be rescued. Good find, I never find goodies like that in our trash. Here in America we would call it "Dumpster Diving".:rolleyes:
    Michael Cienfuegos


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