i have the sears version of the same camera.
mine's from around 1896 or so ... when i bought
it from the big auction site ( 10years ago? ) it cost
about 25-30$. this size box camera isn't too scarce,
but just the same you don't see them every day either ...
i love mine and takes modern film holders.
i wish i had the 8x10 version with a focus-hood/chimney.
if you haven't seen boxcameras.com
( its gone now, but mr peabody and sherman's way-back machine can help you )
there is some info on the camera there ...
have fun !
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You can expect an antique store to charge more for "antique value" of a camera. They're a retail business dealing in collectible decorator items, so you pay a premium. If it's in good shape, try haggling a little. They might come down 10%.
Thanks for the link John. Also glad to know that it will take modern film holders.
Peter I know that the antique malls/stores will have a bit of a mark up on them. I'm pretty sure this particular store is a consignment type shop that just rents the spaces out to people with stuff to sell. I may still get this.
Does anyone know the speed of the shutter on these things? It sounds like it is right around the 1/30th mark maybe a touch slower. Also any guess as to the aperture size? I'm guessing f8 or f11.
the shutter is somewhere between 30+50th S
and aperture is around what you said, at least its around that on mine ...
there is a bulb setting ( B + I ) and a tripod mount ...
and there are just a pair of springs that hold the film holders in there,
so if you have a 545/545i polaroid holder and some polaroid film
you can have fun
enjoy your new camera !
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