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Thread: When was Wisner Tech Field 4x5 #941 built?

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    When was Wisner Tech Field 4x5 #941 built?

    I just purchased a Wisner Technical Field 4x5 camera with serial number 941 stamped on the front brass plate. Does anyone know when it was built?

    I have part of a clue to this question: The camera came with a Wisner catalog which states that Wisner (at the time of catalog printing) has been in business 15 years. Assuming that #941 and the catalog were approx. contemporaries, I would have a "close enough" date of manufacture.

    Thanks!

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    Re: When was Wisner Tech Field 4x5 #941 built?

    My old Wisner (since sold) was a 900 series and I bought it in 1984

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    Re: When was Wisner Tech Field 4x5 #941 built?

    I had one that was purchased new in 2001 and the serial # was 1340 or something close to that (in the 1300s).
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    Re: When was Wisner Tech Field 4x5 #941 built?

    actually that was supposed to 1994 not 84 sorry

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    Re: When was Wisner Tech Field 4x5 #941 built?

    I have a Tech 4x5 Wisner serial#375 - not a clue as to age but it's build quality & finish is very good.

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    Re: When was Wisner Tech Field 4x5 #941 built?

    Were the serial numbers assigned in order per each format or are they in the order of the camera being built regardless of format? My 11x14 is #757....I'd be suprised if they built 757 11x14 Tech Field cameras.....

    Maybe this is something Ron could chime in on, surely records have been kept. They'll be kept a lot safer if published online....

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    Re: When was Wisner Tech Field 4x5 #941 built?

    Hey forum viewers. This thread is from 2006 and it's now 2014.

    This is the only thread I've found discussing Wisner cameras and their serial numbers. Last year I purchased my Wisner 4x5 Technical Field camera on eBay. I've had people ask me how old my camera is and I don't have a good year to give them. I think I usually say early 1990s.

    My camera is #613. Any ideas? Somebody in the past on this thread brought up how the numbering works, that camera 614 could have been a totally different format and that the numbering went in order of cameras made and not models or formats.

    Any insight?

    Thanks!
    I'm armed with a Wisner 4x5 Technical Field and a lot of hope. I got this. Oh, and my name's Andrew.

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    Re: When was Wisner Tech Field 4x5 #941 built?

    Wisner cameras got their serial numbers when they where shipped. So camera 401 could be a 4 x 5 and camera 402 could be a 11 x 14.

    The highest serial number I saw was in the low 1400 range and he started the numbering at 100.
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    Re: When was Wisner Tech Field 4x5 #941 built?

    Thank you Mr. Ritter.

    With this knowledge, do you think it is a fair guess to say 613 was made in the early 90s? Or maybe mid 90s...
    I'm armed with a Wisner 4x5 Technical Field and a lot of hope. I got this. Oh, and my name's Andrew.

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    Re: When was Wisner Tech Field 4x5 #941 built?

    Hello,
    my Wisner Technical Field 4x5 has #1388 serial number. I purchased camera as used item, so I don't know the manufacturing date, follow this thread camera was built around 2001 year.
    Hope this useful for someone.
    M.

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