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    Identification, please

    Ran into this little beauty at an auction.

    KNOWN: Lens board is 4"x4" (just threw that lens in to "fill the hole"); Ground Glass is 4"x5"; Overall length is 19"+; finish is paint (exhibiting some peeling); cannot find any identifying markings; hardware appears to be plated steel; bellows appears to be leather (but I wouldn't stake my life on it); the front stanchion has rise and swing only; it is a rear-focus (tailback?); rear "stanchion" has swing and tilt.
    Searching the internet I have found that the hardware and folding base look remarkably like that of a Korona View.

    So can anyone identify this camera? Any idea what it might have been designed for (I suspect close-up work but what do I know?).

    Any suggestions what I should do with it? All I have is what you see - a spring back but no film holder.

    Thank you
    _Karl
    ps no, it's not for sale.Click image for larger version. 

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    Re: Identification, please

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    Re: Identification, please

    Except for the hardware on the side of the rear standard I'd say Ansco aka Agfa Ansco.

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    Re: Identification, please

    Wow, that's a nice little camera.
    No idea of maker...
    The bifold rail is a nice touch.
    I'd refinish it.
    4x4" lens boards are very common. Ebay seller zbima1 makes really nice ones, in many choices of woods.
    Do modern standard 4x5 film holders fit the camera?
    Have you checked the bellows for pinhole light leaks?
    It should make a nice restoration project.

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    Re: Identification, please

    But it is missing the gentle taper in the front standard, so I'm wrong. I can't see any reason to think this was a close up only camera, it looks like a era-typical tailboard folder with quite a bit of bellows draw due to the entire track being present. I'd say it was designed for 4x5 field work.

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    Re: Identification, please

    Could be an Ansco imitation, but with an extension bed. Did you look at all sides of the bed (and under where the front standard is) to look for a maker name?

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    Re: Identification, please

    Its a rare, early version of the Stanley Powerlock

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    Re: Identification, please

    Quote Originally Posted by Wayne View Post
    Its a rare, early version of the Stanley Powerlock
    I am still waiting for the release of the VIII...

    It looks like the front should have more movement -- the swing looks like it should also shift. No front tilt? Easy to work with, anyway.
    "Landscapes exist in the material world yet soar in the realms of the spirit..." Tsung Ping, 5th Century China

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    Re: Identification, please

    Quote Originally Posted by djdister View Post
    Could be an Ansco imitation, but with an extension bed. Did you look at all sides of the bed (and under where the front standard is) to look for a maker name?
    The camera appears to be rather different than the 1930s Agfa-Ansco 5x7 that I have. Not even a close imitation,

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    Re: Identification, please

    Quote Originally Posted by Wayne View Post
    Its a rare, early version of the Stanley Powerlock
    Hilarious!
    "We work in the dark, we do what we can, we give what we have."
    Henry James

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