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    Question about a Vageeswari 5x7 camera

    Just a quick question, I asked the seller of this camera, but didn't get a definitive answer, can the cameras as pictured accept standard 5x7 film holders or is it plates only?

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Antique-Vage...item46245d5b4c

    many thanks

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    Re: Question about a Vageeswari 5x7 camera

    No. The plate holder only. Could be good for wet plate, but would need another back for standard holders.

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    Re: Question about a Vageeswari 5x7 camera

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    if the width is sufficient, you could tape modern style 5 x 7 holders into place but you'll have to ask him for details of the width

    another alternative would be to use the existing holder with half plate inserts to load film into

    fwiw, I've found that although this type of Camera seems attractive at whatever fairly lowish price, there are often difficulties with the holders

    good luck and regards

    andrew

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    Re: Question about a Vageeswari 5x7 camera

    thanks guys Caveat Emptor.... it's as I thought

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    Re: Question about a Vageeswari 5x7 camera

    Where does he get these cameras from? India itself?

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    Re: Question about a Vageeswari 5x7 camera

    Since he lives in India, that would be a good guess. I have dealt with him and am quite satisfied with the Ronar I bought from him.
    James

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    Re: Question about a Vageeswari 5x7 camera

    These kind of cameras can be a good deal if you know what you want. If you want a dedicated wet plate camera, you are good to go. And if you are a little handy with tools, and have or can get a spring back of some sort, you can add capacity for film relatively easily.

    But, the lens board is too small for many of the big lenses coveted by wet platers, and for film the movements are slightly less than those available on most more modern cameras.

    So, if you know what you want and need, and this fits the bill, great! If you are looking for an economical shooter ready to go out of the box, probably not the best option, unless you want it for wet plate.

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    Re: Question about a Vageeswari 5x7 camera

    The camera is made for Dry Plate photography.
    http://thelightfarm.com

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    Re: Question about a Vageeswari 5x7 camera

    I was looking at them myself, and they are sure a beautiful camera. However the tiny lens board may be a future issue, and that one has a short bellows.
    The more natural looking one has a longer bellows

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