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cybad860
21-Feb-2014, 08:04
The lensboards hole size is about 43mm

max length of the camera bellows fully open is 23cm

Regular Rod
21-Feb-2014, 08:27
If its a quarter plate camera a 5 inch lens was common. If its a half plate then an 8 or 9 inch lens would be the norm...

It looks like it once had a Thornton Pickard shutter fitted, judging by the hole spacing and the slight colour difference in the wood.

RR

cybad860
21-Feb-2014, 08:39
Hmm. i dont know the format but an british antique camera specialist was saying is half plate. but i can tell u measures. when unfolded its 15x15x4.5cm
This camera is missing a back. so im dreaming to modify 4x5 back to it.

In this picture you can see the back. the smallest hole in the back is 10,2x10,2 cm
the next square is 13,3x13,3cm

cybad860
21-Feb-2014, 08:43
If its a quarter plate camera a 5 inch lens was common. If its a half plate then an 8 or 9 inch lens would be the norm...

It looks like it once had a Thornton Pickard shutter fitted, judging by the hole spacing and the slight colour difference in the wood.

RR

And checked in ebay these thornton&pickards. The are all way too big.

the lens panel is just 8,3x8,3cm

Regular Rod
21-Feb-2014, 10:47
In that case I'd say it was a quarter plate camera 3" x 4"

RR

IanG
21-Feb-2014, 11:03
It is a quarter plate camera and definitely had a lens mounted to a TP shutter which in turn was screwed to the lens board. It was a Between lens TP shutter, as opposed to the front mounting type. These could take inter changeable panels ot allow the use of more than one lens. (I have a few TP shutters . . . . . . . . . . not including over a dozen waiting restoration).

Backs do come up on Ebay a bit expensive sometimes. I have a TP Quarter plate back but it's missing the brass work *as is the rest of the camera). I'd suggest making a back to take a 120 6x7 or 6x9 RF holder. I did that for my Houghtons Victo.

Ian

cybad860
22-Feb-2014, 08:44
It is a quarter plate camera and definitely had a lens mounted to a TP shutter which in turn was screwed to the lens board. It was a Between lens TP shutter, as opposed to the front mounting type. These could take inter changeable panels ot allow the use of more than one lens. (I have a few TP shutters . . . . . . . . . . not including over a dozen waiting restoration).

Backs do come up on Ebay a bit expensive sometimes. I have a TP Quarter plate back but it's missing the brass work *as is the rest of the camera). I'd suggest making a back to take a 120 6x7 or 6x9 RF holder. I did that for my Houghtons Victo.

Ian

Maybe is the best solution to use 120 film. BUT how it actually works? Like would it be focusing trough a ground glass,then removing it and inserting a 6x7 rollfilm back?
Im new in these things so help is seriously welcome. Could i use normal medium format lens+shutter combination anyway?