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James R. Babb
Anyone have experience with these Galvin babyviews they'd care to share? I need swings and tilts for some specific jobs but can't use larger than 2x3, and thes e things look like just the ticket--provided I can find a used one.
Gregory A Kriss
They're getting harder and harder to find lately and some people are trying to g et top dollar for them ($1,000+ since other 2x3 options are up in that range. Th ey were handbuilt by Mr. Galvin (California, you can find his addressa and phone # in VIEWCAMERA magazine). In comparison with current "machine/computer built 6 x9's they are no where near as smooth. They do however offer all the movement op tions you'll ever need, but with lock and unlock controls instead of geared move ments. I am curently adapting my Galvin to a 67 Bronica body for photomacrograph y (Micro Nikkor lenses in shutters... these lenses are current but not at all we ll known and actually few out in the scientific community. Anyways.. I use a 100 mm Symmar and a 150 Xenar withthe Galkvin to make the outfit ultra compact and r ugged and hell for backpacking.. Roll film backs are the way to go, I especially like the Horseman roll film backs which are not all that much $$$$ used. All in all the Galvin in like the old VW Beetle (yes I own one of these also) simple, always work, and get you there but wiothout all the bells and whistles or power windows or AC.
James R. Babb
Thanks for the information. I was afraid they might be trending toward cult stat us. I deja-viewed up some old ads and found them in the $250 range a year or so ago; what few ads I saw recently were way up from that.
But then, priced any VW Beetles lately?
I need to find something unfashionable to want.
David H. Sherman
I just bought a 2X3 Galvin for $700. I looked at one for $500 but was in poor c ondition and looked like an early model. The one I bought had two rails, a shor t and a long which can be used seperately or together. The only negative featur e is the teflon bushing that the front and rear standards ride on. They were wo rn so I reversed them and the camera movements are much tighter. These can be re placed with 1/32" thick teflon sheet stock. Peter Gowland also makes a 2X3 view camera that you might want to look at.
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