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    Can you identify this camera?

    Hi there. I just picked up this camera from the Goodwill site and it was listed as "unmarked". I don't have much experience in large format and I just assumed that it's a 4x5 body. I'm not sure where to start looking for info on it since there's no branding. Maybe it's home made? I would really love to use it if I can find an affordable lens. I know "affordable" and "large format" in the same sentence is probably laughable, but any advice would really be appreciated.
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    Re: Can you identify this camera?

    I have no idea of the scale, but I'd say this is not a camera, but something that looks sort of like a camera.
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    Re: Can you identify this camera?

    Thank you, Vaughn. I thought that might be a possibility since I didn't see a way to load film. I do a little wood working and thought I might be able to rig something up if that was the case.

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    Re: Can you identify this camera?

    I think the first thing to do is to do a bellows test (to see if they are light-tight). If they are not, then you'd probably be better trying a different camera. But I would look into turning it into a pin-hole camera!

    Tape off the back of the camera so no light can pass through it -- black plastic and tape, or whatever. In a totally dark room, stick a flashlight into the camera from the front. You should see no light coming from the camera body and bellows.
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    Re: Can you identify this camera?

    It appears to be one of the display "cameras" that came out of India at least a decade ago. Purely decorative.

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    Re: Can you identify this camera?

    That is why I though a bellows test would be the place to start - if by any chance they are actually light-tight, there is hope for it as a pinhole camera. Some work would have to be done on the back so one could load a piece of film or photopaper in the back.
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    Re: Can you identify this camera?

    Quote Originally Posted by Keith Fleming View Post
    It appears to be one of the display "cameras" that came out of India at least a decade ago. Purely decorative.

    Keith
    Yes it definitely is, they show up in the UK now and again

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    Re: Can you identify this camera?

    Thanks so much for the info! I think a pinhole camera is the perfect solution! I've actually been wanting to make one anyway and the bones from this would make it easy.

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