I am wondering about the purchase of a b and j 5x7 camera. The camera has a schneider 210 lens. The shutter, however, is one that used a bulb to open and close it. There are aperture marks as well as shutter speed marks on the lens. I am wondering if it is possible to place the lens in a copal (or other more modern) shutter. Will I find that the lensboard is of a readily available standard size? I have absolutely no tools with which to fasion a home made lensboard.
The camera seems to be in good shape for its age; the red bellows seems light tight. The asking price is $300. Is this reasonable. or too much? I'd really like to aquire an 8x10, but this will due, as 5x7 seems a good option for contact printing. (no room, $, for 8x10 enlarger)
Thanks for looking.