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    Inspection of camera for purchase

    I am headed to inspect and hopefully pick up a view camera purchased on eBay. Any specific things to pay attention to? Bellows and ground glass need looked at. There are lenses involved too.

    Also are there points of etiquette that should be respected? I am newbie at this. I am not afraid to ask for help but don't want to appear helpless.

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    Re: Inspection of camera for purchase

    If you have already purchased it on eBay then you aren't going to inspect and decide if you want it. You have already entered into a legal binding deal to purchase.

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    Re: Inspection of camera for purchase

    Seller offers fourteen day returns and eBay 's buyer protection. Have had several interactions with the seller before and after the closing of the auction. He seems intent on completion of a deal satisfying both parties. I have no reason to expect issues, but we live sufficiently close that pickup was reasonable.

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    Re: Inspection of camera for purchase

    What kind of camera? That can enter into it, since different cameras suffer from different maladies.

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    Re: Inspection of camera for purchase

    A big old Deardorff. I understand the bottom plate can have issues.

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    Re: Inspection of camera for purchase

    Quote Originally Posted by knjkrock View Post
    A big old Deardorff. I understand the bottom plate can have issues.
    I'm afraid that does not tell us much. How big? How old? Which model? There are baseplates still available, if it used one to begin with. So much more to know.

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    Re: Inspection of camera for purchase

    You might want to read this for old camera purchase.
    http://www.clickondavid.com/images/V...estoration.pdf

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    Re: Inspection of camera for purchase

    It is an 8x10 . Recent vintage.

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    Re: Inspection of camera for purchase

    Quote Originally Posted by knjkrock View Post
    It is an 8x10 . Recent vintage.
    There is always the caution regarding bellows pinholes, but with the later Deardorff they are rare and easy to patch. Check it out anyway. The base is durable if the plate is intact. Most plates look bad, but they are sturdy regardless. Learn how to unfold and fold it away right away. Enjoy!

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    Re: Inspection of camera for purchase

    Test every movement.
    Rack it out to full length of rails to check the bellows length and light tightness. If it wil not go to the full length of the rails, the bellows has been replaced with an inadequate one.
    unlock and re-lock every movement. Does it lock down securely w/o tightening as if you are Hercules.
    Does it fold up with the bellows folding fully in on itself as it should.
    Does the auxiliary rise/fall operate smoothly.
    Mine was made prior to 1939 and therefore has no base plate. I don't like the base plate because of the added weight.
    Check the base for cracks between the four triangle shaped pieces.
    That's al I can think of at the moment. When I had the store we checked these cameras very carefully as we did all used equipment.

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