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Thread: Help identify this 4x5 "point and shoot"

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    Help identify this 4x5 "point and shoot"

    I recently picked up a 4x5 camera with very little in the way of markings. I bought it for the roller blind shutter to put on another camera.

    The camera itself is in relatively good condition and had some great quality 4x5 slide boxes I just can't figure out manufacturer or any distinctive markings. I've never come across a fixed bellows point and shoot 4x5 before so it's a bit of a novelty. Camera has a rear ground glass on a hinge that moves away to allow the film holder to fit. Pictures are attached.

    Any help identifying it would be appreciated.

    Cheers

    Peter (Canada)
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    (Shrek)
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    Re: Help identify this 4x5 "point and shoot"

    Someone cut the back off an old woody, got a (German copy of a) Thornton-Pickard shutter, and 3-D printed the cone to hold them together?

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    Re: Help identify this 4x5 "point and shoot"

    Hey Jody
    The black body is full metal and well finished. I'd be surprised if it was homemade!

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    loujon
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    Re: Help identify this 4x5 "point and shoot"

    It could go with a European medical/scientific photography instrument but hard to tell. I would look through period correct catalogs with those photographic instruments.

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    Re: Help identify this 4x5 "point and shoot"

    Looks like an old microscope or oscillagraph camera.

    Here is a Leitz version with its 45 Linhof Technika back.

    https://www.leicashop.com/media/cata...31230_12_d.jpg

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    Re: Help identify this 4x5 "point and shoot"

    I agree that is likely a plate recording camera for a scientific instrument. My guess is that it could have been used with a spectrometer, which would have contained the optics to project the image onto the plate. Here are a couple of examples of such things (these are probably older - wood body, no shutter):
    https://collection.sciencemuseumgrou...9-spectroscope
    http://woodandbrass.co.uk/detail.php?cat_num=0346

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