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Nicolasllasera
13-Sep-2016, 05:26
Im trying to make a list of existing LF camera manufacturers. I know a lot have closed or close to being done but I think its interesting for new or old customers to keep track of who is still around. I also wanted to list the brands that have recently stopped and the ones that even though they no longer produce cameras still give service for spares or similar.

Also if one can include website it would help a lot.

If this has already been done please excuse me and close the thread.

Thanks in advance.

Bob Salomon
13-Sep-2016, 05:45
Linhof
Wista

Two23
13-Sep-2016, 05:50
Chamonix. Shen Hao

Toyo
13-Sep-2016, 06:10
Toyo
http://www.toyoview.com/ProductInfo/ProductInfo.html

DHodson
13-Sep-2016, 06:18
Gibellini http://www.gibellinicamera.com/

Walker http://www.walkercameras.com/

Canham http://www.canhamcameras.com/

Ritter (ULF as a custom order) http://www.lg4mat.net/

bloodhoundbob
13-Sep-2016, 06:21
Deardorff, with an asterisk.

HoodedOne
13-Sep-2016, 06:23
Svedovsky
http://svedovsky.com/


StenopeiKa
http://www.stenopeika.com/en/


Walker cameras
http://www.walkercameras.com


ONDU (pinhole cameras)
http://ondupinhole.com

Oren Grad
13-Sep-2016, 06:29
Arca-Swiss
Cambo - don't know if they're still manufacturing, or just selling from stock
Walker
Ritter
Canham
Sinar - don't know if they're still manufacturing, or just selling from stock
Horseman - monorail only, don't know if they're still manufacturing, or just selling from stock

Not sure about Lotus.

Wilderness Camera - Chinese, don't know who the manufacturer is

Da Yi 4x5 technical camera
Gaoersi 4x5 technical camera
Fotoman 4x5 technical camera - don't know if this is still in production

Ari
13-Sep-2016, 06:35
VDS cameras from Hungary

Nicolasllasera
13-Sep-2016, 08:48
List so far:

Still making cameras (at least looks like it in their website):

Linhof: http://linhof.com/en/
Wista: https://www.wista.co.jp/e_wista/e_show/e_camera/e_camera.htm
Chamonix: http://www.chamonixviewcamera.com/
Shen Hao: http://www.shen-hao.com/
Toyo: http://www.toyoview.com/ProductInfo/ProductInfo.html
Gibellini: http://www.gibellinicamera.com/
Walker: http://www.walkercameras.com/
Canham: http://www.canhamcameras.com/
Ritter: http://www.lg4mat.net/
Svedovsky: http://svedovsky.com/
StenopeiKa: http://www.stenopeika.com/en/
ONDU (pinhole cameras): http://ondupinhole.com
VDS cameras: http://vdscamera.com/
Arca-Swiss:
Cambo: https://www.cambo.com/en/
Horseman: http://www.kenko-pi.co.jp/horseman/e/index.html
Lotus: http://www.lotusviewcamera.at/index1.html
Wilderness Camera: http://www.bhcamera.us/wilderness810.php
Da Yi: http://www.bhcamera.us/dayi612.php
Gaoersi: http://www.bhcamera.us/gaoersi810.php
Wanderlust: https://wanderlustcameras.com/
Intrepid: https://intrepidcamera.co.uk/

Not making large format cameras anymore:

Sinar: http://www.sinar.ch/en/category/products/cameras/
Fotoman: http://www.fotoman.cc/
Ebony: http://www.ebonycamera.com/

Bob Salomon
13-Sep-2016, 08:56
List so far:


Linhof: http://linhof.com/en/
Wista: https://www.wista.co.jp/e_wista/e_show/e_camera/e_camera.htm
Chamonix: http://www.chamonixviewcamera.com/
Shen Hao: http://www.shen-hao.com/
Toyo: http://www.toyoview.com/ProductInfo/ProductInfo.html
Gibellini: http://www.gibellinicamera.com/
Walker: http://www.walkercameras.com/
Canham: http://www.canhamcameras.com/
Ritter: http://www.lg4mat.net/
Svedovsky: http://svedovsky.com/
StenopeiKa: http://www.stenopeika.com/en/
ONDU (pinhole cameras): http://ondupinhole.com
VDS cameras: http://vdscamera.com/
Arca-Swiss:
Cambo: https://www.cambo.com/en/
Sinar: http://www.sinar.ch/en/category/products/cameras/
Horseman: http://www.kenko-pi.co.jp/horseman/e/SW612D/index.html
Lotus: http://www.lotusviewcamera.at/index1.html
Wilderness Camera: http://www.bhcamera.us/wilderness810.php
Da Yi: http://www.bhcamera.us/dayi612.php
Gaoersi: http://www.bhcamera.us/gaoersi810.php
Fotoman: http://www.fotoman.cc/
Wanderlust: https://wanderlustcameras.com/
Intrepid: https://intrepidcamera.co.uk/

You have to really check your list before posting. You said that you wanted to make a list of large format camera manufacturers.
Sinar makes bodies for digital. They do not make 45 and larger cameras.
Your Horseman link goes to their 612 roll film camera, not to their monorail 45 cameras.

I didn't check any further, but you should.

jesse
13-Sep-2016, 09:01
Why no Ebony?
http://www.ebonycamera.com

Bob Salomon
13-Sep-2016, 09:07
Why no Ebony?
http://www.ebonycamera.com

Because they ended production in June. Google them and you can read all about it. Or check the archives here about it.

Nicolasllasera
13-Sep-2016, 09:10
You are right Bob. I was listing first and then was going to classify into brands still producing (at least on their catalog) and the ones that dont any more. Sorry if I didnt do that already.

Nicolasllasera
13-Sep-2016, 09:14
Done, fixed the list.

ghostcount
13-Sep-2016, 09:48
Daniel made a list for 8x10, though it could use an update.

http://www.largeformatphotography.info/forum/showthread.php?105580-List-of-8x10-Field-Cameras

Linky (https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/103523823/8x10%20Cameras.htm)

Drew Wiley
13-Sep-2016, 11:23
Sinar would be a gray zone. Their current gear is largely compatible with film options, fully interchangeable. In other words, a viable option for those primarily seeking an advanced studio digital camera, but easily capable of being converted to 4x5 film. The necessary components are abundant.

Bob Salomon
13-Sep-2016, 12:43
Sinar would be a gray zone. Their current gear is largely compatible with film options, fully interchangeable. In other words, a viable option for those primarily seeking an advanced studio digital camera, but easily capable of being converted to 4x5 film. The necessary components are abundant.

That is true of many cameras but I was under the impression that the OP was trying to compile a list of companies that CURRENTLY manufacture large format cameras. To me, that means that a large format camera is shipped new from the factory, and comes out of the box capable of accepting 45 or larger film.
Not which cameras can be made into a large format cameras by buying old parts.
That means that currently Sinar/Leica does not make a 45 or larger format camera.

RJ-
13-Sep-2016, 12:45
Hi Nicolas,

Istvan Soltesz of Argentum: http://www.argentumcamera.com/eng/pages/other/home.htm

made my whole plate camera and still makes a range of technical large format and specialist ULF format cameras.

Argentum Cameras have a large user base across Europe.

Kind regards,

RJ

Drew Wiley
13-Sep-2016, 15:23
As you know, Bob, manufacturers can often supply new parts or components which they might not currently still make, but still have in inventory somewhere, or
which certain dealers themselves might have in new condition for sale. I wasn't necessarily referring to the used market.

Drew Bedo
14-Sep-2016, 05:11
This really is a worthwhile effort. Should the list be an updateable sticky?
Wwhat about lens makers—a much shortr list I imagine. Schneider, Rodenstock and who else: Fuji . . . ?

This is the type of thing that View Camera magazine should have been doing for years.

Michael R
14-Sep-2016, 05:44
Lenses = much shorter list, which is the real problem if you ask me. Analog format LF lenses:

Nikon long gone
Rodenstock gone
Schneider gone
Fuji gone

John Kasaian
14-Sep-2016, 06:11
Argentum
http://www.argentumcamera.com/eng/pages/other/home.htm

Bob Salomon
14-Sep-2016, 06:38
As you know, Bob, manufacturers can often supply new parts or components which they might not currently still make, but still have in inventory somewhere, or
which certain dealers themselves might have in new condition for sale. I wasn't necessarily referring to the used market.

There is o mention of supplying parts to converting their current cameras to LF film. Why not check with them?

Nicolasllasera
17-Sep-2016, 03:34
New update. I will contact each and every company to has a current status of their camera lineup and if they still are producing cameras. It might take a while but think it will be useful to future customers looking for a brand new camera that is still selling cameras and accessories.

List so far:

Still making cameras (at least looks like it in their website):

Linhof: http://linhof.com/en/
Wista: https://www.wista.co.jp/e_wista/e_sh...a/e_camera.htm
Chamonix: http://www.chamonixviewcamera.com/
Shen Hao: http://www.shen-hao.com/
Toyo: http://www.toyoview.com/ProductInfo/ProductInfo.html
Gibellini: http://www.gibellinicamera.com/
Walker: http://www.walkercameras.com/
Canham: http://www.canhamcameras.com/
Ritter: http://www.lg4mat.net/
Svedovsky: http://svedovsky.com/
StenopeiKa: http://www.stenopeika.com/en/
ONDU (pinhole cameras): http://ondupinhole.com
VDS cameras: http://vdscamera.com/
Arca-Swiss:
Cambo: https://www.cambo.com/en/
Horseman: http://www.kenko-pi.co.jp/horseman/e/index.html
Lotus: http://www.lotusviewcamera.at/index1.html
Wilderness Camera: http://www.bhcamera.us/wilderness810.php
Da Yi: http://www.bhcamera.us/dayi612.php
Gaoersi: http://www.bhcamera.us/gaoersi810.php
Wanderlust: https://wanderlustcameras.com/
Intrepid: https://intrepidcamera.co.uk/
Argentum: http://www.argentumcamera.com/eng/pages/other/home.htm

Not making large format cameras anymore:

Sinar: http://www.sinar.ch/en/category/products/cameras/
Fotoman: http://www.fotoman.cc/
Ebony: http://www.ebonycamera.com/

Tom Sobota
17-Sep-2016, 13:43
There is a guy in Prague, Czech Republic, who builds and sells LF cameras. He doesn't have a website that I know of, but is on FB:
https://www.facebook.com/Cassiopeia-cameras-995607697157904/

A 2014 review of his 11x14 Cassiopeia camera can be found on this very site:
http://www.largeformatphotography.info/forum/showthread.php?116823-Review-of-Cassiopeia-camera-(from-Czech-Republic)

Tom

DennisD
17-Sep-2016, 16:48
Nicholas,

Arca-Swiss is quite independent and never bothered to put up a website (as you have found) !
In spite of that, they use their domain name for email.

The best way to get info on the Arca line is to contact Rod Klukas, US Representative.
I've spoken with him on a number of occasions and he's always been helpful.

Arca-Swiss, Inc
Rod Klukas, US Representative
PO Box 28450
Tempe AZ 85285
Main: 480-755-3364
Mobile: 480-206-4770
rod.klukas@arca-swiss.com

Although the company is heavy into technical cameras for digital backs, I believe they still maintain a line of view cameras.

Rod's site above has a link to a complete product catalog - not sure how current, however.

Oren Grad
17-Sep-2016, 17:01
Bob Watkins, who is the authorized service agent in the US, also maintains a page of Arca-Swiss product information:

http://www.precisioncameraworks.com/Pages/arca_core.html

asf
17-Sep-2016, 17:37
Plaubel?

angusparker
17-Sep-2016, 22:06
Fotoman was making a 4x5 point and shoot called the 45SPS until recently. I imagine they still sell it. Star Camera Company makes very reasonable wet plate cameras: http://www.starcameracompany.com

Leigh
17-Sep-2016, 22:16
Since it's not been mentioned in this thread...

Tachihara closed a few years ago when Mr. Tachihara retired.

I know of no source for accessories, repair parts, or cameras.

- Leigh

DHodson
17-Sep-2016, 22:40
Arca-Swiss web page

https://www.arca-shop.de/

TrentM
18-Sep-2016, 03:01
Did the "new" Deardorff close its doors for good?

Nicolasllasera
18-Sep-2016, 07:29
Arca-Swiss web page

https://www.arca-shop.de/
Im meeting with them at Photokina and will provide as much ibformation as possible. ;)

Nicolasllasera
18-Sep-2016, 07:30
Did the "new" Deardorff close its doors for good?
Im scared to include them on currently making cameras or discontinued... It seems as they are still working but very behind their timeframe. So its hard to say. I will write them too and see what answer I get.

jnantz
18-Sep-2016, 07:53
does this list have to be large manufacturers or can it include
someone/people who make and sell on a very small scale ?
if it is the latter, i have made and sold cameras that primarily
expose paper negatives and retina prints ( including paper holders and barrel lenses for the cameras )
for a handful of years. i've made bigger than 11x14 cameras and sold them, as well as smaller ones.
they usually are shipped as a kit, and the parts ( except for the lens ) are assembled by the buyer.

Nicolasllasera
18-Sep-2016, 08:21
does this list have to be large manufacturers or can it include
someone/people who make and sell on a very small scale ?
if it is the latter, i have made and sold cameras that primarily
expose paper negatives and retina prints ( including paper holders and barrel lenses for the cameras )
for a handful of years. i've made bigger than 11x14 cameras and sold them, as well as smaller ones.
they usually are shipped as a kit, and the parts ( except for the lens ) are assembled by the buyer.
Honestly anyone willing to make and sell a camera is worth mentioning in my opinion. If people dont agree they simply dont need to look at this list. But I do think its relevant. So feel free to include your details for the list.

bloodhoundbob
18-Sep-2016, 10:35
Im scared to include them on currently making cameras or discontinued... It seems as they are still working but very behind their timeframe. So its hard to say. I will write them too and see what answer I get.

If you get a reply from Cochran, please let the other members know, as he owes some cameras and/or monies.

Nicolasllasera
18-Sep-2016, 11:00
If you get a reply from Cochran, please let the other members know, as he owes some cameras and/or monies.
I will. But Im trying to keep this about camera makers. Might update if he answers on the Deardorff thread. I understand its a sensitive topic and want to maintain the order.

bloodhoundbob
18-Sep-2016, 14:12
I will. But Im trying to keep this about camera makers. Might update if he answers on the Deardorff thread. I understand its a sensitive topic and want to maintain the order.

No problem. Last time I heard from him, which was a couple of months ago, he was still making cameras.

RJ-
18-Sep-2016, 16:15
List so far:

Still making cameras (at least looks like it in their website):

Argentum: http://www.argentumcamera.com/eng/pages/other/home.htm
Linhof: http://linhof.com/en/
Wista: https://www.wista.co.jp/e_wista/e_sh...a/e_camera.htm
Chamonix: http://www.chamonixviewcamera.com/
Shen Hao: http://www.shen-hao.com/
Toyo: http://www.toyoview.com/ProductInfo/ProductInfo.html
Gibellini: http://www.gibellinicamera.com/
Walker: http://www.walkercameras.com/
Canham: http://www.canhamcameras.com/
Ritter: http://www.lg4mat.net/
Svedovsky: http://svedovsky.com/
StenopeiKa: http://www.stenopeika.com/en/
ONDU (pinhole cameras): http://ondupinhole.com
VDS cameras: http://vdscamera.com/
Arca-Swiss:
Cambo: https://www.cambo.com/en/
Horseman: http://www.kenko-pi.co.jp/horseman/e/index.html
Lotus: http://www.lotusviewcamera.at/index1.html
Wilderness Camera: http://www.bhcamera.us/wilderness810.php
Da Yi: http://www.bhcamera.us/dayi612.php
Gaoersi: http://www.bhcamera.us/gaoersi810.php
Wanderlust: https://wanderlustcameras.com/
Intrepid: https://intrepidcamera.co.uk/




Hi Nicolas,

Argentum should be near the top alphabetically. I've fixed this part ;)

I'm not sure if anyone else on the forum uses a Silvestri. Since they have had no mention and are still in production, the T30 and S4 [shooting 4" x 5 ") are still listed on their website and Mr Silvestri's company still services produces all the specialist helicoids; film back adapters despite its recent foray into digital:

http://www.silvestricamera.com/eng/prodotti_eng/prodotti_eng.htm

The Silvestri cameras are quite unique in this range - rather like Mike Walker's extruded resin camera bodies - the Silvestri cameras are made of military grade billeted solid plank like aluminium rather than wood with metal fixtures.

http://www.silvestricamera.com/img/prodotti/mod_h_h25/modh.jpg

Wet plate and collodion users are getting some representation on this list too:

The Black Art Woodcraft Cameras (USA) make traditional (after English makers) tailboard plate cameras which can also be adapted for dry plate and film up to 20" x 24":

this is their 8" x 10" Ross field camera (no movements):

http://www.blackartwoodcraft.com/wet-plate-cameras/Cameras/The-Ross-8x10-Field-Camera.aspx

http://www.blackartwoodcraft.com/wet-plate-cameras/Portals/0/images/Ross-8x10-Field-Camera/Ross-8x10-Field-Camera.jpg

Good luck with the encyclopaedic effort!

blue4130
18-Sep-2016, 16:37
Frica out of china makes a large range of lf cameras. http://www.frica.cn/

And if I am not mistaken, Dayi is still making a monorail 8x10. But I don't have a website for them, only a taobao link.

Nicolasllasera
28-Sep-2016, 05:41
Sorry for not updating, went to Photokina and have been pretty busy.

I am updated the list and will separete the brands which I have confirmation that they still produce large format cameras.

Verified:

Linhof: http://linhof.com/en/
Chamonix: http://www.chamonixviewcamera.com/
Shen Hao: http://www.shen-hao.com/
Gibellini: http://www.gibellinicamera.com/
Arca-Swiss: They told me soon they will have a web site...
Canham: http://www.canhamcameras.com/
Intrepid: https://intrepidcamera.co.uk/
Cambo: https://www.cambo.com/en/

Yet to verify (by me):

Argentum: http://www.argentumcamera.com/eng/pages/other/home.htm
Wista: https://www.wista.co.jp/e_wista/e_sh...a/e_camera.htm
Toyo: http://www.toyoview.com/ProductInfo/ProductInfo.html
Walker: http://www.walkercameras.com/
Ritter: http://www.lg4mat.net/
Svedovsky: http://svedovsky.com/
StenopeiKa: http://www.stenopeika.com/en/
ONDU (pinhole cameras): http://ondupinhole.com
VDS cameras: http://vdscamera.com/
Horseman: http://www.kenko-pi.co.jp/horseman/e/index.html
Lotus: http://www.lotusviewcamera.at/index1.html
Wilderness Camera: http://www.bhcamera.us/wilderness810.php
Da Yi: http://www.bhcamera.us/dayi612.php
Gaoersi: http://www.bhcamera.us/gaoersi810.php
Wanderlust: https://wanderlustcameras.com/
Silvestri: http://www.silvestricamera.com/eng/p...odotti_eng.htm
Black Art Woodcraft: http://www.blackartwoodcraft.com/wet...ld-Camera.aspx
Frica: http://www.frica.cn/
Dayi:

plaubel
28-Sep-2016, 06:34
Plaubel still sell cameras and a lot of camera parts, up to 8x10".
They sell Horseman and Toyo, too, and if you are interested in lenses, its also worth a look.

http://www.plaubel.com/

Tin Can
28-Sep-2016, 07:11
My question is why can't most of these 'factories' at least give us more data on a website.

Many LF websites are very poor with tiny pictures and haven't been updated in years.

Other's are glossy, yet still deny us enough info to shop.

Yes, I know websites are a PITA but find somebody under 40 to make a better one. Please!





Sorry for not updating, went to Photokina and have been pretty busy.

I am updated the list and will separete the brands which I have confirmation that they still produce large format cameras.

Verified:

Linhof: http://linhof.com/en/
Chamonix: http://www.chamonixviewcamera.com/
Shen Hao: http://www.shen-hao.com/
Gibellini: http://www.gibellinicamera.com/
Arca-Swiss: They told me soon they will have a web site...
Canham: http://www.canhamcameras.com/
Intrepid: https://intrepidcamera.co.uk/
Cambo: https://www.cambo.com/en/

Yet to verify (by me):

Argentum: http://www.argentumcamera.com/eng/pages/other/home.htm
Wista: https://www.wista.co.jp/e_wista/e_sh...a/e_camera.htm
Toyo: http://www.toyoview.com/ProductInfo/ProductInfo.html
Walker: http://www.walkercameras.com/
Ritter: http://www.lg4mat.net/
Svedovsky: http://svedovsky.com/
StenopeiKa: http://www.stenopeika.com/en/
ONDU (pinhole cameras): http://ondupinhole.com
VDS cameras: http://vdscamera.com/
Horseman: http://www.kenko-pi.co.jp/horseman/e/index.html
Lotus: http://www.lotusviewcamera.at/index1.html
Wilderness Camera: http://www.bhcamera.us/wilderness810.php
Da Yi: http://www.bhcamera.us/dayi612.php
Gaoersi: http://www.bhcamera.us/gaoersi810.php
Wanderlust: https://wanderlustcameras.com/
Silvestri: http://www.silvestricamera.com/eng/p...odotti_eng.htm
Black Art Woodcraft: http://www.blackartwoodcraft.com/wet...ld-Camera.aspx
Frica: http://www.frica.cn/
Dayi:

Nicolasllasera
28-Sep-2016, 07:37
My question is why can't most of these 'factories' at least give us more data on a website.

Many LF websites are very poor with tiny pictures and haven't been updated in years.

Other's are glossy, yet still deny us enough info to shop.

Yes, I know websites are a PITA but find somebody under 40 to make a better one. Please!
I totally agree. My feeling is some are too busy with bussiness to update. Some are so low with demand that they dont care to update. But at the end us users dont get a lot of information. That is what Im trying to change.

Drew Wiley
28-Sep-2016, 09:29
Lots of sales organizations have a disconnect between office personnel who dabble in websites and sales and purchasing people who know what the products
actually are. We just updated our website here, and the format looks nice, but I noticed that we are listed as a dealer for certain product lines that have been out of business over a decade already, while important product lines aren't even mentioned. Lots of alleged web designed just use smaller corporations as a stepping stone, or in cases, that is a deliberate provision for young family members with computer skills getting their foot in the door. In our case, there is a completely different site and data base used for actual pricing, estimating, and current inventory searches, which requires a user fee to weed out the tire-kickers or potential competitors. The standard website is more for general public PR, scheduled seminars and events, timed ads, etc. Photographers have varied, including certain well-known architectural photographers some of us would recognize, right down to examples of someone's high school daughter doing her first
project with a cell phone camera. Call it nepotism if you wish; but lots of our best long-term employees do come from that channel. And I ain't sticking around
much longer!

barnacle
28-Sep-2016, 14:13
Are you sure about Intrepid? I haven't tried for a few months, but I got no replies to emails when I wanted to talk to them some time ago. The website seems to be unchanged, with 'sold out' applied to the camera itself. Haven't tried the phone...

Neil

Nicolasllasera
28-Sep-2016, 19:49
Are you sure about Intrepid? I haven't tried for a few months, but I got no replies to emails when I wanted to talk to them some time ago. The website seems to be unchanged, with 'sold out' applied to the camera itself. Haven't tried the phone...

Neil
They are making 200 camera batches but they sell out in less than a day. Im subscribed to the mail list and just got one a few days ago. By the time I check they have sold out. And on their Instagram account they are showing how they make the batches each time.

locutus
29-Sep-2016, 00:49
I thought they had only completed their first crowdfunded batch and now sold out the second batch?

Nicolasllasera
29-Sep-2016, 01:42
I thought they had only completed their first crowdfunded batch and now sold out the second batch?
I have seen two extra batches apart from the crowdfunding. So my guess is they sell a limited amount and work on them. Once finished open another 200.

djdister
29-Sep-2016, 05:14
I would think Walker Cameras and Richard Ritter should be considered verified...


Sorry for not updating, went to Photokina and have been pretty busy.

I am updated the list and will separete the brands which I have confirmation that they still produce large format cameras.

Verified:

Linhof: http://linhof.com/en/
Chamonix: http://www.chamonixviewcamera.com/
Shen Hao: http://www.shen-hao.com/
Gibellini: http://www.gibellinicamera.com/
Arca-Swiss: They told me soon they will have a web site...
Canham: http://www.canhamcameras.com/
Intrepid: https://intrepidcamera.co.uk/
Cambo: https://www.cambo.com/en/

Yet to verify (by me):

Argentum: http://www.argentumcamera.com/eng/pages/other/home.htm
Wista: https://www.wista.co.jp/e_wista/e_sh...a/e_camera.htm
Toyo: http://www.toyoview.com/ProductInfo/ProductInfo.html
Walker: http://www.walkercameras.com/
Ritter: http://www.lg4mat.net/
Svedovsky: http://svedovsky.com/
StenopeiKa: http://www.stenopeika.com/en/
ONDU (pinhole cameras): http://ondupinhole.com
VDS cameras: http://vdscamera.com/
Horseman: http://www.kenko-pi.co.jp/horseman/e/index.html
Lotus: http://www.lotusviewcamera.at/index1.html
Wilderness Camera: http://www.bhcamera.us/wilderness810.php
Da Yi: http://www.bhcamera.us/dayi612.php
Gaoersi: http://www.bhcamera.us/gaoersi810.php
Wanderlust: https://wanderlustcameras.com/
Silvestri: http://www.silvestricamera.com/eng/p...odotti_eng.htm
Black Art Woodcraft: http://www.blackartwoodcraft.com/wet...ld-Camera.aspx
Frica: http://www.frica.cn/
Dayi:

Nicolasllasera
29-Sep-2016, 06:07
Richard T Ritter just wrote me to let me know he is still making cameras.

I want to clarify that my list is just an attempt to help large format users (current or future) have a reference of what is made at this day (when the list is finished). By saying its not verified doesn't mean they are out off business, it means I haven´t had the time to write everyone yet. But I will make it my priority to write all the ones listed here to verify before monday. That way I can post the list as of October 2016. And will probably check once a year to update the list. I think this kind of information is crucial to keep things going for all users and makers.

So the list today...

Verified:

Linhof: http://linhof.com/en/
Chamonix: http://www.chamonixviewcamera.com/
Shen Hao: http://www.shen-hao.com/
Gibellini: http://www.gibellinicamera.com/
Arca-Swiss: They told me soon they will have a web site...
Canham: http://www.canhamcameras.com/
Intrepid: https://intrepidcamera.co.uk/
Cambo: https://www.cambo.com/en/
Ritter: http://www.lg4mat.net/

Yet to verify (by me):

Argentum: http://www.argentumcamera.com/eng/pages/other/home.htm
Wista: https://www.wista.co.jp/e_wista/e_sh...a/e_camera.htm
Toyo: http://www.toyoview.com/ProductInfo/ProductInfo.html
Walker: http://www.walkercameras.com/
Svedovsky: http://svedovsky.com/
StenopeiKa: http://www.stenopeika.com/en/
ONDU (pinhole cameras): http://ondupinhole.com
VDS cameras: http://vdscamera.com/
Horseman: http://www.kenko-pi.co.jp/horseman/e/index.html
Lotus: http://www.lotusviewcamera.at/index1.html
Wilderness Camera: http://www.bhcamera.us/wilderness810.php
Da Yi: http://www.bhcamera.us/dayi612.php
Gaoersi: http://www.bhcamera.us/gaoersi810.php
Wanderlust: https://wanderlustcameras.com/
Silvestri: http://www.silvestricamera.com/eng/p...odotti_eng.htm
Black Art Woodcraft: http://www.blackartwoodcraft.com/wet...ld-Camera.aspx
Frica: http://www.frica.cn/
Dayi:

Nicolasllasera
29-Sep-2016, 06:07
Wrote Mike Walker right now.

plaubel
29-Sep-2016, 07:02
Plaubel company has been named twice in your thread...

Nicolasllasera
29-Sep-2016, 11:31
Sorry i missed it.

So the list today...

Verified:

Linhof: http://linhof.com/en/
Chamonix: http://www.chamonixviewcamera.com/
Shen Hao: http://www.shen-hao.com/
Gibellini: http://www.gibellinicamera.com/
Arca-Swiss: They told me soon they will have a web site...
Canham: http://www.canhamcameras.com/
Intrepid: https://intrepidcamera.co.uk/
Cambo: https://www.cambo.com/en/
Ritter: http://www.lg4mat.net/

Yet to verify (by me):

Argentum: http://www.argentumcamera.com/eng/pages/other/home.htm
Wista: https://www.wista.co.jp/e_wista/e_sh...a/e_camera.htm
Toyo: http://www.toyoview.com/ProductInfo/ProductInfo.html
Walker: http://www.walkercameras.com/
Svedovsky: http://svedovsky.com/
StenopeiKa: http://www.stenopeika.com/en/
ONDU (pinhole cameras): http://ondupinhole.com
VDS cameras: http://vdscamera.com/
Horseman: http://www.kenko-pi.co.jp/horseman/e/index.html
Lotus: http://www.lotusviewcamera.at/index1.html
Wilderness Camera: http://www.bhcamera.us/wilderness810.php
Da Yi: http://www.bhcamera.us/dayi612.php
Gaoersi: http://www.bhcamera.us/gaoersi810.php
Wanderlust: https://wanderlustcameras.com/
Silvestri: http://www.silvestricamera.com/eng/p...odotti_eng.htm
Black Art Woodcraft: http://www.blackartwoodcraft.com/wet...ld-Camera.aspx
Frica: http://www.frica.cn/
Dayi:
Plaubel: http://www.plaubel.com/

Bob Salomon
29-Sep-2016, 11:34
Why not add those companies verified to no longer make analog large format cameras as well? This would save a lot of unnecessary future comments like "how did you leave out xxxxx?"

Sorry i missed it.

So the list today...

Verified:

Linhof: http://linhof.com/en/
Chamonix: http://www.chamonixviewcamera.com/
Shen Hao: http://www.shen-hao.com/
Gibellini: http://www.gibellinicamera.com/
Arca-Swiss: They told me soon they will have a web site...
Canham: http://www.canhamcameras.com/
Intrepid: https://intrepidcamera.co.uk/
Cambo: https://www.cambo.com/en/
Ritter: http://www.lg4mat.net/

Yet to verify (by me):

Argentum: http://www.argentumcamera.com/eng/pages/other/home.htm
Wista: https://www.wista.co.jp/e_wista/e_sh...a/e_camera.htm
Toyo: http://www.toyoview.com/ProductInfo/ProductInfo.html
Walker: http://www.walkercameras.com/
Svedovsky: http://svedovsky.com/
StenopeiKa: http://www.stenopeika.com/en/
ONDU (pinhole cameras): http://ondupinhole.com
VDS cameras: http://vdscamera.com/
Horseman: http://www.kenko-pi.co.jp/horseman/e/index.html
Lotus: http://www.lotusviewcamera.at/index1.html
Wilderness Camera: http://www.bhcamera.us/wilderness810.php
Da Yi: http://www.bhcamera.us/dayi612.php
Gaoersi: http://www.bhcamera.us/gaoersi810.php
Wanderlust: https://wanderlustcameras.com/
Silvestri: http://www.silvestricamera.com/eng/p...odotti_eng.htm
Black Art Woodcraft: http://www.blackartwoodcraft.com/wet...ld-Camera.aspx
Frica: http://www.frica.cn/
Dayi:
Plaubel: http://www.plaubel.com/

Nicolasllasera
29-Sep-2016, 11:51
Why not add those companies verified to no longer make analog large format cameras as well? This would save a lot of unnecessary future comments like "how did you leave out xxxxx?"

Sorry Bob, am I missing something in your comment. All the ones on the verified I have seen myself or been told by them that they still make large format analog cameras.

PS: I just wrote all the ones listed.

Robert Brazile
29-Sep-2016, 12:34
He is suggesting that you add the companies that you have confirmed are out of the business, so people who haven't seen the list before will not ask about them every time.

Bob Salomon
29-Sep-2016, 12:36
He is suggesting that you add the companies that you have confirmed are out of the business, so people who haven't seen the list before will not ask about them every time.

Not quite, for instance, Sinai is still in business but the current owner, Leica, does not have them manufacture analog large format cameras.

Nicolasllasera
29-Sep-2016, 12:47
I guess it makes sense. I will add a third list for the ones not making analog large format cameras at the moment.

Verified companies making analog large format cameras:

Linhof: http://linhof.com/en/
Chamonix: http://www.chamonixviewcamera.com/
Shen Hao: http://www.shen-hao.com/
Gibellini: http://www.gibellinicamera.com/
Arca-Swiss: They told me soon they will have a web site...
Canham: http://www.canhamcameras.com/
Intrepid: https://intrepidcamera.co.uk/
Cambo: https://www.cambo.com/en/
Ritter: http://www.lg4mat.net/

Yet to verify companies making analog large format cameras(by me):

Argentum: http://www.argentumcamera.com/eng/pages/other/home.htm
Wista: https://www.wista.co.jp/e_wista/e_sh...a/e_camera.htm
Toyo: http://www.toyoview.com/ProductInfo/ProductInfo.html
Walker: http://www.walkercameras.com/
Svedovsky: http://svedovsky.com/
StenopeiKa: http://www.stenopeika.com/en/
ONDU (pinhole cameras): http://ondupinhole.com
VDS cameras: http://vdscamera.com/
Horseman: http://www.kenko-pi.co.jp/horseman/e/index.html
Lotus: http://www.lotusviewcamera.at/index1.html
Wilderness Camera: http://www.bhcamera.us/wilderness810.php
Da Yi: http://www.bhcamera.us/dayi612.php
Gaoersi: http://www.bhcamera.us/gaoersi810.php
Wanderlust: https://wanderlustcameras.com/
Silvestri: http://www.silvestricamera.com/eng/p...odotti_eng.htm
Black Art Woodcraft: http://www.blackartwoodcraft.com/wet...ld-Camera.aspx
Frica: http://www.frica.cn/
Dayi:
Plaubel: http://www.plaubel.com/

Not making large format cameras at the moment:

Sinar: http://sinar.swiss/en/

locutus
29-Sep-2016, 13:20
The VDS Camera is available as a in stock new item from Catlabs, i dont know if thats enough 'proof' about being current :-)

I'm interested in the VDS 5x7 camera, i will shoot VDS a email directly sometime soon.

Nicolasllasera
30-Sep-2016, 01:16
Verified companies making analog large format cameras:

Linhof: http://linhof.com/en/
Chamonix: http://www.chamonixviewcamera.com/
Shen Hao: http://www.shen-hao.com/
Gibellini: http://www.gibellinicamera.com/
Arca-Swiss: They told me soon they will have a web site...
Canham: http://www.canhamcameras.com/
Intrepid: https://intrepidcamera.co.uk/
Cambo: https://www.cambo.com/en/
Ritter: http://www.lg4mat.net/
Walker: http://www.walkercameras.com/
Lotus: http://www.lotusviewcamera.at/index1.html
Svedovsky: http://svedovsky.com/


Yet to verify companies making analog large format cameras(by me):

Argentum: http://www.argentumcamera.com/eng/pages/other/home.htm
Wista: https://www.wista.co.jp/e_wista/e_sh...a/e_camera.htm
Toyo: http://www.toyoview.com/ProductInfo/ProductInfo.html
StenopeiKa: http://www.stenopeika.com/en/
ONDU (pinhole cameras): http://ondupinhole.com
VDS cameras: http://vdscamera.com/
Horseman: http://www.kenko-pi.co.jp/horseman/e/index.html
Wilderness Camera: http://www.bhcamera.us/wilderness810.php
Da Yi: http://www.bhcamera.us/dayi612.php
Gaoersi: http://www.bhcamera.us/gaoersi810.php
Wanderlust: https://wanderlustcameras.com/
Silvestri: http://www.silvestricamera.com/eng/p...odotti_eng.htm
Black Art Woodcraft: http://www.blackartwoodcraft.com/wet...ld-Camera.aspx
Frica: http://www.frica.cn/
Dayi:
Plaubel: http://www.plaubel.com/

Not making large format cameras at the moment:

Sinar: http://sinar.swiss/en/

jnantz
30-Sep-2016, 03:58
Honestly anyone willing to make and sell a camera is worth mentioning in my opinion. If people dont agree they simply dont need to look at this list. But I do think its relevant. So feel free to include your details for the list.

thanks Nicolasllasera ..

Nicolasllasera
9-Oct-2016, 06:51
Verified companies making analog large format cameras:

Linhof: http://linhof.com/en/
Chamonix: http://www.chamonixviewcamera.com/
Shen Hao: http://www.shen-hao.com/
Gibellini: http://www.gibellinicamera.com/
Arca-Swiss: They told me soon they will have a web site...
Canham: http://www.canhamcameras.com/
Intrepid: https://intrepidcamera.co.uk/
Cambo: https://www.cambo.com/en/
Ritter: http://www.lg4mat.net/
Walker: http://www.walkercameras.com/
Lotus: http://www.lotusviewcamera.at/index1.html
Svedovsky: http://svedovsky.com/
VDS cameras: http://vdscamera.com/
ONDU (pinhole cameras): http://ondupinhole.com
Argentum: http://www.argentumcamera.com/eng/pages/other/home.htm
Black Art Woodcraft: http://www.blackartwoodcraft.com/wet...ld-Camera.aspx


Yet to verify companies making analog large format cameras(by me). This doesnt mean they are closed just that they havent confirmed anything yet:

Wista: https://www.wista.co.jp/e_wista/e_sh...a/e_camera.htm
Toyo: http://www.toyoview.com/ProductInfo/ProductInfo.html
StenopeiKa: http://www.stenopeika.com/en/
Horseman: http://www.kenko-pi.co.jp/horseman/e/index.html
Wilderness Camera: http://www.bhcamera.us/wilderness810.php
Da Yi: http://www.bhcamera.us/dayi612.php
Gaoersi: http://www.bhcamera.us/gaoersi810.php
Wanderlust: https://wanderlustcameras.com/
Silvestri: http://www.silvestricamera.com/eng/p...odotti_eng.htm
Frica: http://www.frica.cn/
Dayi:
Plaubel: http://www.plaubel.com/
HF Large format cameras: https://www.facebook.com/HFcameras/
Star Camera Company: http://www.starcameracompany.com


Not making large format cameras at the moment:

Sinar: http://sinar.swiss/en/
Ebony: http://www.ebonycamera.com

Its difficult to explain:

Deardorff: Currently has a list of undelivered cameras and doesnt answer emails.
Fotoman: Website is down and cant get hold of them.

stawastawa
9-Oct-2016, 13:58
There are a handful of pinhole LF camera makers out there

Noon -
can find them on ebay, cant find website, may no longer be producing.

Zero Image - (producing)
http://www.zeroimage.com

Vermeer - mostly Medium format, a few large format - (Producing)
http://vermeer.gbzl.pl/strona_eng/sprzet.htm

Cosmos Camera (?), 18 degrees camera , KangRinpoche ? - still looking for a website but see this thread: http://www.largeformatphotography.info/forum/showthread.php?126276-New-compact-4x5-camera-from-China
I assume this is their ebay store: http://www.ebay.com.au/usr/3s-krpc?_trksid=p2047675.l2559

Halford
10-Oct-2016, 12:55
The VDS Camera is available as a in stock new item from Catlabs, i dont know if thats enough 'proof' about being current :-)

I'm interested in the VDS 5x7 camera, i will shoot VDS a email directly sometime soon.

I have ordered a VDS 4x5 directly from the manufacturer in Hungary (much closer than Catalos in Boston :)) and apparently it should arrive in the next week or so. I'll post a review when it arrives.

locutus
10-Oct-2016, 13:09
Oh, thanks! I'll be interested to read your review!

jnantz
18-Nov-2016, 19:20
Im trying to make a list of existing LF camera manufacturers. I know a lot have closed or close to being done but I think its interesting for new or old customers to keep track of who is still around. I also wanted to list the brands that have recently stopped and the ones that even though they no longer produce cameras still give service for spares or similar.

Also if one can include website it would help a lot.

If this has already been done please excuse me and close the thread.


please feel free to add me to your list
i make cameras by hand, one at a time
but they aren't for short exposures.
they are cameras to make long exposed retina prints.
i have made them 2x3 and bigger than 16x20 ( and sold them )
i also make paper holders for cameras as-needed.

retina prints are the original-photographs Nicéphore Niépce,
the inventor of photography, made. they are long exposed images
on photo paper or film or ?

neil poulsen
18-Nov-2016, 21:33
If they're wood, they can be repaired. In this regard, I'm wondering a\bout Wisner, Gandolfi, and Ansco? The Wisner site can be found on wayback.org.

xkaes
28-Nov-2016, 12:28
Here are some possibilities. Probably most are DOA. No info on websites:

Bulldog
Calumet
Osaka
Zone VI
Horseman
Iston
Tachihara
Rajah
Nagaoka
Ikeda
Anba

seezee
28-Nov-2016, 13:28
Here is the link to Wista's English language page (https://www.wista.co.jp/e_wista/english.htm). They appear to be active; Adorama, B&H, and Amazon all have cameras in stock. Their dealer list (https://www.wista.co.jp/e_wista/e_dira/e_dhira.htm) is lengthy, but not necessarily up-to-date.

Bob Saloman, is HP Marketing still a distributor?

Bob Salomon
28-Nov-2016, 14:58
Here is the link to Wista's English language page (https://www.wista.co.jp/e_wista/english.htm). They appear to be active; Adorama, B&H, and Amazon all have cameras in stock. Their dealer list (https://www.wista.co.jp/e_wista/e_dira/e_dhira.htm) is lengthy, but not necessarily up-to-date.

Bob Saloman, is HP Marketing still a distributor?

HP Marketing has been out of business for more then a year and a half. Omega Brandess took over the distribution from us in Feb of last year.

Ektagraphic
1-Jan-2017, 23:40
Lenses = much shorter list, which is the real problem if you ask me. Analog format LF lenses:

Nikon long gone
Rodenstock gone
Schneider gone
Fuji gone

A similar problem with shutter too, right?

locutus
1-Jan-2017, 23:58
Yes, Copal no longer makes LF shutters.

Professional
2-Jan-2017, 08:28
For now, the manufacturers i am interested in from the list and after i checked their 4x5 cameras are:

1. Chamonix, confirmed no doubt
2. VDS, not sure, will check out more later, the language is the issue of this site even after translation
3. Lotus, not sure because the details i am not sure and i didn't hear about this company before, also they didn't list their prices, only by contact which i don't like but have no choice.

Hope i can decide as soon as possible so i can think again about pricing my current gear for sale, I just feel worry about how long the shipping it will take if i order any, sounds i may wait until May or June until i can have a new camera.