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29-Jun-2017, 19:20
I picked up a large format camera a few years ago. I am not sure what it is so I figured I would ask around here to see if anyone knows.

There is a metal tab that has been tacked to the frame when you remove the front standard. It says "Crown 2 Germany". After a lengthy Google search, I wound up watching videos of how to teach a penguin how to speak German...In other words, I wasn't able to find anything. The 'mounts' on the bottom are what are throwing me off and cannot find anything that resembles it other than a monorail type camera, but they all seem newer than this.

The ground glass, I assume, is not original to the camera.

When I picked it up, there was a box of 8x10 dry plates that came with it.

If anyone has an idea on what it could be, please let me know. I would really like to shoot with it someday.


https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_QdUwq028r6a3pKdUxYZ3FISjQ/view?usp=sharing https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_QdUwq028r6LWFYLTh5X0xta3c/view?usp=sharing https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_QdUwq028r6QVNYODJYNk9BUFU/view?usp=sharing https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_QdUwq028r6cnpQZEJRWmpxOWs/view?usp=sharing https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_QdUwq028r6Y25pTEVGWlZDY2s/view?usp=sharing https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_QdUwq028r6NTliMy0zQmp6eTA/view?usp=sharing https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_QdUwq028r6ME5HYl9qcXNDeE0/view?usp=sharing https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_QdUwq028r6S1RtazA2cmUtUFU/view?usp=sharing https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_QdUwq028r6NGdZWVkwVEJPRTA/view?usp=sharing https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_QdUwq028r6emNwNFJoaERlQ0E/view?usp=sharing https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_QdUwq028r6NE1TX2RlV1ZPSkU/view?usp=sharing https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_QdUwq028r6czhQdmdOeGwyWTQ/view?usp=sharing

I don't know if it will show the Google Drive files or not.

Jim Jones
30-Jun-2017, 07:31
I suspect this is part of a camera intended to be used on an optical bench, not for general photography. It should be possible to improvise a bench or rail to hold the front and back together for photography, but you would still not have some useful features of most large format cameras. It is likely easier to obtain a complete camera in working condition.