View Full Version : Seneca 8 x 10

michael franc
12-Mar-2002, 17:55
I have searched both this forum and the internet and can't find anything on the Seneca 8 x 10 field camera. Any experiences or opinions? Thank You

Dan Kowalsky
12-Mar-2002, 18:54
I have no opinion on the Seneca, but you can get a good dose of it here. www.fiberg.com/cam/seneca.htm

michael franc
12-Mar-2002, 20:05
Are you sure? I tried that and got "fiberglass baptistries" which was interesting. I din't know anyone made that. But nothing on cameras. Maybe different spelling? Thanks

12-Mar-2002, 20:18
I think he meant this page:


If that doesn't work, try the "Antique American Field Cameras" page.....

Steve Gangi
12-Mar-2002, 21:24
I have one, the Improved from the 1920s. What do you need to know?

michael franc
13-Mar-2002, 01:00
Thank You for the link. That helped. I am getting one--it is in the mail as we "speak." I got it for a very good price but didn't know anything about the brand. It is black; so, judging from that webside, it must be the improved also- -the only one that seems to be black. I will use it mainly for portraits so I do n't need so many movements, just a decently strong body. I wanted to know how my camera rates between the worst out there and, say, Deardorff. Thank You

Donald Brewster
13-Mar-2002, 18:51
It should be fine. I have one -- it is definitely no Deardorff, F&S, or Korona. A little flimsy, but should be servicable for your needs. I wouldn't hang a 6lb lens on the front at any rate or try for radical movements.

Steve Gangi
13-Mar-2002, 21:07
It should be fine. Mine felt a little flimsy too, but a pair of L- brackets in the corners of the focusing rail fixed that. It has front rise and rear tilt and swing. There is a large amount of movement, but for portraits you don't need much movement if any. It's probably on a par with the old Kodak 2D, definitely not up there with Deardorff (for a low enough price it's pretty good though). One very nice thing, for its size it is very light.

Steve Gangi
13-Mar-2002, 21:08
My last post should be corrected to say "there is NOT a large amount of movement...".

Wayne Campbell
13-Mar-2002, 22:51
For Paradise on Earth for Seneca owners, try:



http://ink.yahoo.com/bin/query?p=%22Seneca+camera%22&hc= 0&hs=0

michael franc
14-Mar-2002, 21:48
Thank You for all the input. The above website is great. By the way, I have found a photograph: :Edward Weston, Self Portrait with 8 x 10 inch Seneca View Camera, 1923-26;" so I think I am in a good company. Thanks again.