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    Cool Studio camera, Anybody recognize?

    Please take a look at this thread I posted in For Sae/Wanted.

    http://www.largeformatphotography.in...ad.php?t=33899

    Can anyone shed any light on the camera? Any idea what size film/plates this beast uses? More importantly, does the lens look familiar? Jim? Ole? Aynone?
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    Re: Studio camera, Anybody recognize?

    Knowing the stand, I'll guess from the size of the camera, it takes up to 8x10, smaller sizes with reducing backs. Most likely it had a sliding back that allowed multiples on 8x10/5x7 sheets. I'll leave the lens commentary to other more expert individuals. The camera appears to be a Century Master Studio or other related model. The stand is a Century studio stand, and that strange structure on top of the camera platform that the camera is sitting on MAY be the missing film holder bins that commonly reside below the camera platform. The stand overall appears quite complete, with the noted exception. It even has the parking brake.

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    Re: Studio camera, Anybody recognize?

    Not enough here for a positive id. I'll guess it's a cosmetically restored Century 7a or 9a. The thing it's sitting on is a cradle affair that allows the camera to tilt a few degrees side to side. The thing in the front is a vignetter. There are cards that slide in and vignette the front of the lens. It swings out of the way when not wanted. The lens in intrigueing and could triple the value depending on what it is. I can't tell from the photo. You could call the folks and ask for more info about the lens.
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    Re: Studio camera, Anybody recognize?

    Thanks Jim. I'm resisting calling. I'm trying to resist calling. I really am.

    I couldn't get the thing home in my sedan.
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    Re: Studio camera, Anybody recognize?

    Quote Originally Posted by venchka View Post
    Thanks Jim. I'm resisting calling. I'm trying to resist calling. I really am.

    I couldn't get the thing home in my sedan.

    Sure you could! It breaks down into bite size chunks, although the stand can be a challenge. Even it can get quite a bit smaller by seperating the cast iron pieces at the base from the upright section. Better leave your girlfriend at home though

    If it's a Cooke 380mm f4.5 or something...........well, they really are a lot of fun to use.
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    Re: Studio camera, Anybody recognize?

    You are a lot of help. My "girlfriend" told me to go over there and look at it.
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    Re: Studio camera, Anybody recognize?

    Quote Originally Posted by venchka View Post
    You are a lot of help. My "girlfriend" told me to go over there and look at it.
    Wow! She sounds like a keeper. She definitly has great taste in cameras.
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    Re: Studio camera, Anybody recognize?

    Has anyone mentioned the camera is on the stand backward? That crank should be behind the camera at the ground glass side...or am I just pointing out the obvious?

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    I didn't know any better. The C-clamp had me more concerned.
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    Re: Studio camera, Anybody recognize?

    Am I correct in assuming that the camera has no movements on the front standard? It looks rather fixed. And what is that "stick" running from the cast iron base to the vicinity of the rotating handle under the camera platform?
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