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    Prototype of the Polish 4x5 LF camera

    Hi. You could see photos of the prototype of Polish large format field camera here.
    There quite big possibility that we will start production. Prototype has quite strange colors but final model will have more classic look (cherry wood and brass). Size of lens board and bellows is the same as in Linhof Technika 4x5. Matte screen is paired with. At this moment front standard could be tilted and tilted back, swing and rise. Back standard has only tilt, but final model will have also swing. Bed could be dropped. Bellows extension is over 30 centimeters.
    I want to hear what do You think this camera should have additionally. All suggestions are very important for us.

    Price for final product will be estimated, but probably will be similar or even smaller than Chinese one.

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    Dear Rafal,

    I look forward to seeing your project develop. Is the maximum extension actually 30 inches? I used Google translate so I am not sure.

    Good luck,

    Neal Wydra

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    It is a little over 31 centimeters, so it is about 12.5 inches.

    Thank You
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    Hi Rafal,

    I sent you a PM with some information.

    It's A Beautiful Camera !


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    The prototype you have shown looks promising.

    The camera can be improved by choosing larger diameter knurled locking knobs. Most buyers prefer a ruled ground glass instead of a plain one.

    They want to know the species of wood used in the construction of the camera as well as the metal used for the hardware.

    Polished and lacquered metal parts make a wooden field camera especially desirable in the eyes of most buyers. Polished and lacquered brass fittings are especially desirable.

    Likewise, the choice of red bellows is also appealing to many.

    The camera will be more desirable if the bellows are attached in a way that makes removing and replacing them fast and easy.

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    Hello,

    Bubble levels would be a worthy addition.

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    I actually love the colors... red bellows are awesome and the white makes for a nice contrast. You may want to consider offering it in natural wood look but also painted black or white on request. Something unusual like that can actually be a good selling point. At least it would be for me.

    I agree with Ian C that bigger locking knobs would be useful. The ones on your prototype look too small to operate reliably when you're under the dark cloth. Making the bellows detachable is a good idea too, though I have no idea how hard that is to realize or if there are any standards.

    I don't know about bubble levels... of course they're useful, but do they fit with the style of the camera? You'd need to find something small and unobtrusive that fits with that old-fashioned style of the camera, not one of these massive neon-green things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moki View Post
    I don't know about bubble levels... of course they're useful, but do they fit with the style of the camera? You'd need to find something small and unobtrusive that fits with that old-fashioned style of the camera, not one of these massive neon-green things.
    I agree. I have the brass plate and spirit level glass tube from an old Rabone level which I intend to fit to a wooden camera one day.

    I do like the white finish with the redd bellows.


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    Better fitting srews would be an improvement. The heads should be flush with the brass fittings

    Ulrich

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    Levels are a very practical addition and are not so unusual on cameras from the early 20th century.

    Unless there is an option like a bag bellows, interchangeable bellows wouldn't be worth the extra cost. The bellows should last 10-15 years or more, and will probably have to be fabricated from scratch anyway, so a bellows with a frame at each end, screwed to the front and rear standards in the traditional way will be easy enough to deal with for such an infrequent repair.

    It's hard to say what a traditional field camera can add to the existing market in terms of features. The likely attractions might be low cost at the entry level of the market or high craft at the opposite end.
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