In this venue I came across information regarding the Phillips 8x16 camera. On contacting Dick Phillips I learned that he made only ten in this format, one for himself and nine others so that the expense of buying film might be distributed among them. I am VERY interested in learning more about this camera and, if possible, talking one of these nine fortunate individuals into selling his/hers to me.
Are any of the lucky nine among you? If so, having used the format, what are your feelings and thoughts about it, both the 8x16 format itself and this particular camera? Would you be willing to sell yours?
I recently purchased an 8x15 plate camera from a gentleman in India who buys them from estates and closed photo shops to resell on eBay. (I recommend him highly and will be glad to give contact info, if desired.) It's a beautiful camera crafted from teakwood complete with a teak tripod. As much as I appreciate its quality and beauty, and enjoy experimenting with glass plates, it is quite heavy and has limited movements and bellows. However, I absolutely love the format! As a relatively lightweight film format, I think it would be ideal, especially for landscape.
Please give me some feedback. Does 7x17 have a lock on this niche?