Anyone interested in the Kodak Masterview camera that is having problems locating one could consider augmenting their search with the Toyo 810M. The Toyo is very similar to the Kodak Master in the fact that it is has the same basic clam shell design. The Toyo 810M has a number of features that I find very usable. First, the camera has been sold for years and is still being manufactured. As a result they come up fairly regularly in the used market. Replacement and complimentary parts (lens board conversions, bag bellows, regular bellows, fresnels and ground glass protectors) are available from their service center in New Jersey. Secondly. the back of the camera is gear driven by two large knobs on either side of the camera to the rear so you can balance the front and rear standards easily over the tripod head when you are using long (sometimes heavy) lenses. There is also a small bail back lever for film holder insertion. The camera may be a bit heavier than the Kodak Master but it is just one more option to consider. Both are fabulous cameras. I am just interested in encouraging people to keep purchasing sheet film and Lodima Paper.
Last edited by Michael Kadillak; 03-08-2010 at 06:22 PM. Click to view previous post history.