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    Re: Nagaoka cameras are still made in Japan. The story of a wooden LF craftsman.

    David, Yes. I'd like that. I'm a it busy the next few weeks with trade shows. Maybe could slip in a Zoom meeting. Or meet up after October 9th? I have two working cameras. A Burke & James wide angle box camera from about 1940(?). 5x7 format. Wollensak lens -- about 109mm. And a Toyo 45G monorail with SK Symmar-S 180mm 5.6. And two currently inoperative cameras. Both half-plate (4.75x6.5 inch) format -- an old metal field Toyo "Sakai Special" and an unnamed wooden field (looks like an Anba Ikeda). But I would really like to build a whole plate (6.5" x 8.5") tailboard camera that would also take 5x7. I'm in Fuchu-shi, not far from the Musashino line.

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    Re: Nagaoka cameras are still made in Japan. The story of a wooden LF craftsman.

    Quote Originally Posted by mhayashi View Post
    I want to share you that there is a column about Nagaoka cameras.
    Nagaoka-san still makes wooden LF cameras, who is 82 years old now
    and is the last wooden LF craftsman in Japan.

    Here is a link in Japanese but you can use google chrome and translator in your language.

    https://serai.jp/hobby/1002833
    That is a wonderful story. There are certain skills in the world that only exist in the minds of a few men.
    When they are lost they are really lost and that is a tragedy.

    It can be making a saddle for a horse, or making a violin or making a view camera.
    These special skills are worthy of honor.

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    Re: Nagaoka cameras are still made in Japan. The story of a wooden LF craftsman.

    Quote Originally Posted by Joseph Kashi View Post
    44 years ago, my wedding present from my new wife was a 4x5 Nagaoka. I still have and use that camera and it's still in wonderful condition. Since then, I have moved mostly to 5x7 and I would like to obtain a new 5x7 from Mr. Nagaoka.

    Can some one help me make contact with Mr. Nagaoka so that I can order a new 5x7 camera. I would be deeply appreciative. I am not in a hurry.

    Thank you

    Joe Kashi
    Soldotna, Alaska, USA
    Joe and everyone, I was waiting for a reply from Nagaoka-san and his son.
    I have a very sad news. Nagaoka-san passed away.

    I found a used 5x7 Nagaoka camera in Yahoo Japan auction if you are interested.
    https://page.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/jp/auction/v713765584

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    Sorry to hear of passing

    Rest in Peace

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    Re: Nagaoka cameras are still made in Japan. The story of a wooden LF craftsman.

    Very sorry to hear this! I'm feeling sad.

    Thank you, mhayashi, for let me know the history of Nagaoka cameras, and their creator.

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    Re: Nagaoka cameras are still made in Japan. The story of a wooden LF craftsman.

    Quote Originally Posted by mhayashi View Post
    Joe and everyone, I was waiting for a reply from Nagaoka-san and his son.
    I have a very sad news. Nagaoka-san passed away.
    長岡さんご永眠とのお知らせに驚いております. ご家族の皆様のお悲しみ,拝察申し上げます.

    I am very sorry to hear this news - condolences to his family.

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    Re: Nagaoka cameras are still made in Japan. The story of a wooden LF craftsman.

    Quote Originally Posted by Oren Grad View Post
    長岡さんご永眠とのお知らせに驚いております. ご家族の皆様のお悲しみ,拝察申し上げます.

    I am very sorry to hear this news - condolences to his family.
    Sad news!
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    I am very sad to hear of his passing. It's the end of an era. Thank you to the OP for preserving his story and bringing it to our attention as well.

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