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    Vintage camera?

    Hi everbody!

    I am new at large format cameras and I am going to buy a 8x10.
    Not a new or 10-40 years old, More like 1880-1940.

    So my question is:

    Does anyone know any labels from that time?

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    Mikael

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    Re: Vintage camera?

    Watson and sons?

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    Re: Vintage camera?

    Thye list of manufacturers is quite long, your location will amke a difference to cost as shipping a 10x8 camera is expensive.

    Kodak Master views were made in the US and Europe so easy to find, most UK 10x8's of that era (except Kodak's) take bookform plate/film holders, inc Watson , so aren't the best bet.

    US cameras would be Agfa Ansco, Deardorff, Kodak, Koronoa etc. Best I've foud is the 10x8 Agfa Ansco Commercial View, full movements and rugged.

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    Re: Vintage camera?

    The menu on the left side of the following website will provided a sampling of cameras from the time-frame specified.

    http://www.piercevaubel.com/cam/

    Enjoy.
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    Re: Vintage camera?

    I'm currently using a Rochester Optical Co Universal (1st) from about 1890. It takes a bit of work to keep one in top shape, but it's a beautiful camera.

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    Re: Vintage camera?

    I was very lucky to find a beautiful, well-kept Century 1 8x10. I have two other 8x10 cameras, one being a Deardorff. The Century 1 is of the era you wish, is much lighter than the other two cameras, has adequate movements for landscapes (my type, anyway). The Century 1 is one of my recommendations.

    Here is a good page describing it.

    (That one, like many we find, is missing or had no extension rail. Extension rails, or beds, for this camera have a stamped-in number to match the camera.)

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    Re: Vintage camera?

    Century
    Eastman 2D
    Deardorff NFS V8
    Anthony / Ansco
    Gandolfi (English)
    There are many others I can't think of at the moment. The antique camera site above should help
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    Re: Vintage camera?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mikael01 View Post
    ...I am new at large format cameras and I am going to buy a 8x10.
    ...Does anyone know any labels from that time?
    ...
    Yes, the internet knows everything. Rather than writing them down here (there are hundreds of makers), I send you some links.

    Here are a few British makers:
    http://www.earlyphotography.co.uk/si...b_chapter.html

    And here some American makers:
    http://www.antiquewoodcameras.com/views.html
    http://www.piercevaubel.com/cam/
    http://www.dtristramludwig.com/collection.html

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    Re: Vintage camera?

    Quote Originally Posted by goamules View Post
    Yes, the internet knows everything. Rather than writing them down here (there are hundreds of makers), I send you some links.

    Here are a few British makers:
    http://www.earlyphotography.co.uk/si...b_chapter.html

    And here some American makers:
    http://www.antiquewoodcameras.com/views.html
    http://www.piercevaubel.com/cam/
    http://www.dtristramludwig.com/collection.html

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    Re: Vintage camera?

    Thanks everybody for your replies!

    Now I really have some good stuff to look into.

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