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  1. #11

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    Re: 5x7 Japanese field camera.

    Well... I will post more photos plus dimensions where the camera arrives, as I was said by the seller it belonged to his father who said it was photographer and I made my decision on this.

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    Re: 5x7 Japanese field camera.

    Here it's the camera, two lenses, tripod and three double film holders.

    R. Konishi field camera.

    The lens has four elements, rear two cemented, front ones spaced. Still I need to clean them and fix the light leak from the lens thread at the wooden holder.


    Bellows are ok after so many years.


    The ground glass, its matte side is at the outside, is this ok or should I place it looking inside?
    I checked one and it's light tight, lets see other ones. Anyway until I don't shoot I won't know for sure.


    Another surprise for me, it has a glass inside to make the film plane, is this a normal thing?
    Dimensions of the film are 12x16.5, half plate as many some said before. Hard to get I think, anyway I will place a 4x5 film in the middle and I make the test, or is it worthless?

    A very nice tripod with very nice points to stand still on soil, wooden floors but not ceramic as my house.
    Another lens came, Universal Rapid Aplanat Series E No.3, two elements?

    So two questions to start with:
    1) Glass inside the film holder?
    2) Ground glass mate side inside or outside.

    The cleaning will come after I fix(glue) the shutter plate guides at the front, some did force and both of them have cracks about to fall apart, so now the camera is opened and shutter holder plus bellows removed to avoid more tension on this part, tomorrow fine day, later cleaning and weekend shooting if I can place a 4x5 sheet inside in my dark bag.

    Thank you for watching and please any advice is welcome.
    Alex

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    Re: 5x7 Japanese field camera.

    Looks clean, neat and lightweight - very traditional. The aplanat series E is quite common - but no-one yet has been abŠe to identify the maker!

    1/2 plate is a good size and sheet film is available - plus the new dry glass plates have been available for over a year now!
    Your book type holders are easy to use for both film and glass plates. The glass plate is a cleaned old 1/4 plate which has been used to hold the "modern" film sheet in the right plane and to engage the pressing spring(s) on the central metal plate.

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    Re: 5x7 Japanese field camera.

    Thank you Steven, you were the first saying it was a half plate.
    What do you think about the matte side of the glass? Should it be towards the lens or outwards?
    Robert recommended me to shoot the 45 degress ruler to check, any other tip that know this?

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    Re: 5x7 Japanese field camera.

    Isn't the maker R Konishi, Tokyo and Osaka?

    That is what the piece that appears to be the makers label on it says.
    I tend to procrastinate on stuff. One of these days I'll do something about it.

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    Re: 5x7 Japanese field camera.

    Who may have been the founders of Konishiroku (sp?) which eventually became known as Konica.

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