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    Which Camera is Thomas Struth using here - please advice

    Please help me to identify the camera and the lens that Struth is using here .
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    Alexander (Paris)
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    Re: Which Camera is Thomas Struth using here - please advice

    That looks to be a Phillips Explorer, the design of which inspired the construction of the majority (if not all?) of Chamonix's cameras.

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    Re: Which Camera is Thomas Struth using here - please advice

    Quote Originally Posted by woodlandSerenade View Post
    That looks to be a Phillips Explorer, the design of which inspired the construction of the majority (if not all?) of Chamonix's cameras.
    but the one here seems a modern one (the way you wrote it seems as if the design must have been old) ?

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    Re: Which Camera is Thomas Struth using here - please advice

    ok, i have just looked them up, I get it.

    What about the lens, any thoughts ?

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    Re: Which Camera is Thomas Struth using here - please advice

    Quote Originally Posted by Vonrozen View Post
    ok, i have just looked them up, I get it.

    What about the lens, any thoughts ?
    based on the bellows extension, and that its an 8x10 camera, I'd say its one of the super wide 150s. The two most common of those are the Schneider Super Symmar XL 150 f/5.6 and the Nikkor SW 150 f/5.6. I can't make out the markings on the lens, but the shape looks more like the Nikkor to me.

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    Re: Which Camera is Thomas Struth using here - please advice

    Hard to say. The bellows extension in that photo does not seem very long. Assuming the photo wasn't posed and the camera was actually focused on the landscape, maybe something in the 150mm range?

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    Re: Which Camera is Thomas Struth using here - please advice

    I'd also say its a Philips Compact 8x10, rather than the explorer. Based on the images I've seen of the explorer (https://www.largeformatphotography.info/phillips.html) It had the corners chamfered on the front, and that has square corners

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    Re: Which Camera is Thomas Struth using here - please advice

    Looks like the 8x10 Compact II with the reversing back; the Explorer is horizontal-only and so has different proportions and also lacks the retaining clips that are needed for the reversing back. The original Compact is very different.

    Can't go by minor differences in the hardware, because the way Dick built his cameras, there were often changes in these details from one production run to the next even within a given model.

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    Re: Which Camera is Thomas Struth using here - please advice

    As mentioned above, the bellows extension looks around 150mm and the lens is mounted on what looks like a Technika board (with an adapter to a larger board). I think only the 150mm Super-Symmar XL has a small enough rear element to fit through the opening of a Technika board mount among the modern wide angle 150mm lenses.

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    Re: Which Camera is Thomas Struth using here - please advice

    How expensive is such a camera ? Is it worth its price ?

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