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    Cameras of natural materials?

    Can anyone point me to some currently active makers of large format cameras made with natural materials? I notice that quite a few of the makers use different synthetic polymers and coatings. I am particularly interested in makers using wood, leather and brass. I would consider other natural materials, but am trying also to avoid aluminum. Thank you.

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    You probably can find a lightly-used Wisner in good condition if you shop around. Leather bellows, brass, wood, glass. Most manufacturers use synthetic bellows these days.

    Peter Gomena

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    Brass is natural?
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    Brass is an alloy of copper and zinc, has a very long history of use, and is one of the more useful and safe metals that is commonly used.

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    But brass is not 'natural'. Most metals used in products are alloys of one sort or another.

    Or are you looking for a wooden camera with goathide bellows and hardware made by pounding a meteorite with stone tools?

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    A deardorff should fit your needs, depending on the bellows type, alternatively the ebony is made of titanium, ebony wood and leather bellows so that should also fit the bill .

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    Quote Originally Posted by bryanphoto View Post
    Brass is an alloy of copper and zinc, has a very long history of use, and is one of the more useful and safe metals that is commonly used.
    Sure, but it's still not natural. In fact, I'd think it unlikely you'd get any cameras with metal bits that weren't some sort of alloy. And aluminum should be okay as long as you're not cooking a tomato on it.

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    Something completely different


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    Have you thought of using a Gandolfi - Mahogany Wood, leather bellows and Brass metalwork - http://www.gandolficameras.com/

    Some of the original cameras are still going strong after more than 100 years

    Martin

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    Those ceramic cameras are very interesting. Thanks for all of the suggestions. I do like the look of the Ebony cameras.

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