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    Where can I buy/rent a broken/cheap large format camera?

    For a short film I am shooting in January, one that takes place in an undisclosed-yet-"older" time in Southern Italy (in reality, Princeton, NJ...), I need a large-format camera with an old, wooden tripod as a prop. It must be something that looks intricate and would take time to set up. Is there a place I can borrow or buy a large format camera that would function and look only as a prop in a film? My guesses would be photography studios or antique shops. Sadly, I just signed up, so I can't post in the Trade forum here.

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    Re: Where can I buy/rent a broken/cheap large format camera?

    FotoCare Ltd in Manhattan

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    Re: Where can I buy/rent a broken/cheap large format camera?

    If you give a decade and "camera user information (professional photographer, serious amateur etc)", it would help. You do want to be authenitic?

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    Re: Where can I buy/rent a broken/cheap large format camera?

    Quote Originally Posted by Steven Tribe View Post
    If you give a decade and "camera user information (professional photographer, serious amateur etc)", it would help. You do want to be authenitic?
    No, I don't... that's entirely irrelevent, honestly.

    I found two on Ebay, will call local antique shops, and Fotocare in NYC could be a last effort.

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    Re: Where can I buy/rent a broken/cheap large format camera?

    Well that answer doesn't really sound too interesting for most on this forum!

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    Re: Where can I buy/rent a broken/cheap large format camera?

    I have a decrepit Kodak 2D 8x10, but no wooden tripod.

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    Re: Where can I buy/rent a broken/cheap large format camera?

    Quote Originally Posted by Richard Rankin View Post
    I have a decrepit Kodak 2D 8x10, but no wooden tripod.
    Hi Richard, do you still have that Kodak camera lying around? I'd be interested in taking it off your hands...

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    Re: Where can I buy/rent a broken/cheap large format camera?

    tj maxx sells decorative props that are 8x10 or larger looking view cameras on a tripods

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    Re: Where can I buy/rent a broken/cheap large format camera?

    Try Le Camera in Princeton.

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    Re: Where can I buy/rent a broken/cheap large format camera?

    The comment about which decade is extremely relevant as equipment changed a great deal in the period 1880 - 1920.
    As someone who has worked on many film/tv sets, I would suggest you do not use a tripod, but a wooden studio stand. Unskilled people around tripods is dangerous for people as well as for equipment.
    There is an excellent Hercule Poirot episode which shows how old photographic props can be used in a very realistic way.

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