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    11x14 Improved Empire State View camera

    Is there anyone out there using one of these? In the late 1970s on into the mid 1980s, I owned one in almost unused condition. Used it often and came to love it. I was fortunate to have a couple of boxes of 11x14 Super-XX and a 14 f/7.7 GOERTZ DOUBLE-ANASTIGMAT in an ILEX #4 back then. The camera is gone but still have the 14" optic. Since then I have yet to see one of them up FS.

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    Re: 11x14 Improved Empire State View camera

    I tried to buy one for 10 years

    A guy in Detroit would not sell

    It was window dressing, I lusted

    He is a good guy, still in Biz

    He did give me 2 very heavy enlargers
    Tin Can

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    Re: 11x14 Improved Empire State View camera

    I have one, although I haven't used it recently. Right now it has a 12"/21"/28" Turner Reich triple convertible on it. Surprisingly the 12" covers although with no rise/fall. I have also used it with a 19" APO Rinse and a 30" Kodak Process Ektar. After having some mishaps with a Majestic tripod I usually use a Saltzman tripod, even in the field. I have both 11x14 and 8x10 backs for it.

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    Re: 11x14 Improved Empire State View camera

    Quote Originally Posted by Greg View Post
    Is there anyone out there using one of these? In the late 1970s on into the mid 1980s, I owned one in almost unused condition. Used it often and came to love it. I was fortunate to have a couple of boxes of 11x14 Super-XX and a 14 f/7.7 GOERTZ DOUBLE-ANASTIGMAT in an ILEX #4 back then. The camera is gone but still have the 14" optic. Since then I have yet to see one of them up FS.

    There's both a Gundlach Korona and Seneca 11x14 on ebay right now. Both are decent cameras and have the extension rail.


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    Re: 11x14 Improved Empire State View camera

    yup, I've had one for a few years. bought it thinking the big back would the missing back for the century I have (and was missing the back ). It didn't fit, but the ES is a lot more portable than lugging around a semi centennial stand!

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