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    Anyone Recognize this camera?

    I was recently given this camera by a family member, and it has no markings on it, so I'm not sure what exactly it is. It had a Dallmeyer brass barrel lens on it, which I have asked about in the lens sub forum, but as I said, the camera itself has no markings on it from what I can tell. It has definitely seen better days, but it seems well made. Its an older style of field camera, and I think is made of mahogany. The fittings appear to be a steel of some sort, and might be stainless given that there is little corrosion. The tripod mount is a 1/4 inch screw, and it has geared rise on the front standard, as well as geared tilt on the rear standard. The ground glass has frame markings for various formats on it, but that may not be original, and the ground glass has 4 double hinges it pulls back on to load film (or likely a plate, given the lens that it had), which is not something I myself had seen before. If you know anything about this camera, or have any clues as to what it may be, please share them! (Photos below)

    Thanks,
    Ethan

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    Re: Anyone Recognize this camera?

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    Re: Anyone Recognize this camera?

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    Re: Anyone Recognize this camera?

    Looks very similar to the Korona I used to own.

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    Re: Anyone Recognize this camera?

    Most of the hardware is the spitting, unmistakable image of a Korona. The spring arrangement on the back doesn’t match later Korona Views, but looks like an earlier version of the same distinct concept. Likely cherry wood. That’s a very handsome camera.

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    Re: Anyone Recognize this camera?

    Oh, and the hardware is not steel, but rather nickel-plated brass. Takes a very nice shine.

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    Re: Anyone Recognize this camera?

    Cool, I’ll look into early Korona view cameras. It is a very nice looking camera, and the bellows are still light tight, however it has definitely been through a lot, there’s a large chunk of wood missing from the baseboard, making me think it may have been dropped at some point. This means the back will just fall off if you’re not careful... nothing I can’t fix though.

    Is it common for Korona view cameras to not have any label on them?

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    Re: Anyone Recognize this camera?

    My Korona had a fairly fragile logo on the front standard that was almost gone when I got it, so it likely was rubbed off. Btw the bellows have a couple loops and a hook that's supposed to be on top of the camera so it's likely the bellows were taken off and installed incorrectly.

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    Re: Anyone Recognize this camera?

    The korona name would have been on a decal on lower crossbar of front standard.


    Kent in SD
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    Re: Anyone Recognize this camera?

    Spend enough time on this site...

    https://www.piercevaubel.com/cam/

    ...and you should be able to identify it, or at least narrow it down considerably.

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