There have been quite a few post about WP cameras lately, and Clay has even started his own blog (quite nice I might add) about the format. Must admit I have no idea (or did not ) no what all the fuss was about........Until today.
Went to a local camera show here in the area (FW/D - Ft. Worth/Dallas, TX) and there was this old wood bellows camera just sitting at the end of a table. No GG, not looking to rough considering the age of said camera. Note to self, that looks like a WP camera (to small to be an 8x10) - off to look around. Next pass around the room, one never makes just one pass - or 2 for that matter, look again at said camera - bellows look so-so, and what would I do with a WP camera anyhow - the tag on the front of the camera say Universal - Rochester Optical Company. It really looks like a nice camera, but no film holders...hmmmmm.
So, may the third pass and you know what happens next...stop ask seller what he wants....really (not bad I am thinking - maybe pick it up, do a little restore and flip the camera and make a little off of it or help someone who is wanting a fixer upper WP camera). Well it is sitting here at the house now, have not checked the bellows yet, but have to say it is really a nice camera. Not near as heavy or as big as the Korona 8x10, and no where near the Eastman No. 2 7x11...and hey that 6.5x8.5 is really not as square as the 8x10, not quite like the 7x11 (which I love) but starting to think maybe I may like this WP....oh Great, another format....somebody Help!!!
Of course it is going to need a little TLC, but maybe not that much...some polish here and there, a little repair here and there...maybe a new bellows.
So are WP flim holders impossible to find, and film what about film for these beast - though it really isn't a beast - it folds up into this real nice compact package, and I have such a soft spot for cameras that over 100 years old....I think I'm in trouble hear.
See pics below