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    Help me identify this Toyo 4x5 Camera

    I have a Toyo 4x5 camera with a Graphex lens, but I'm uncertain what the model is of either. Can anyone help me figure out what they are?

    Any assistance much appreciated!

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    Re: Help me identify this Toyo 4x5 Camera

    The camera is an intermediate version of the Toyo 45D. Earlier versions were in gray, the last in black. There was one in green as well. These cameras were the precursor to the Toyo 45G.

    Kumar

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    Re: Help me identify this Toyo 4x5 Camera

    Toyo 45M made circa 1969. It uses the same lens boards as the newer Toyo View cameras, (not the field cameras) I think that's all that interchanges with the newer models.
    The lens looks like a 135mm from a 4x5 Crown Graphic, it would get you shooting, but they don't have a very big image circle, and won't cover much movement.
    Real cameras are measured in inches...
    Not pixels.

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    Re: Help me identify this Toyo 4x5 Camera

    Quote Originally Posted by SandarL View Post
    I have a Toyo 4x5 camera with a Graphex lens...
    Actually the lens is by Wollensak. The shutter is Graphex.

    You will probably be disappointed in this lens because it never was designed for a view camera, just a press camera. Therefore the circle of illumination barely covers 4x5" film.

    If you ever use the camera's movements (rise, fall, tilt, shift, etc.) you will almost immediately see the image get soft and illumination rapidly fall off.

    If you like the 135mm focal length, look for a lens designed to allow the use of movements. Fuji lenses are great values these days - great glass and reasonable prices. I own several.

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    Re: Help me identify this Toyo 4x5 Camera

    The rail on the older versions is thinner than on the Toyo G. I have seen a few Toyo bellows that had slightly thicker frames, and they will not fit this camera. Lensboards and backs are all interchangeable. The newer black rotating backs are exceptionally good.

    Kumar

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    Re: Help me identify this Toyo 4x5 Camera

    The standards and the knobs look quite like the Toyo 'f' that I have, only mine's in black. I didn't know they had colour options in these. Parts still available from Toyo iirc.

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    Re: Help me identify this Toyo 4x5 Camera

    That's a D45A. It has no bail release for the ground glass frame. If it did, it'd be a D45M.

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    Re: Help me identify this Toyo 4x5 Camera

    Here's the manual for your camera:


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    Re: Help me identify this Toyo 4x5 Camera

    Thank you very much to everyone who replied. I am very impressed with the quality of this forum and the obvious passion everyone here has for large format cameras!

    Does anyone know if it is possible to put a digital back on this camera? Would it make sense to do that?

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