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Thread: Show off your Large Format camera!

  1. #3941

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    Re: Show off your Large Format camera!

    Here is my 4X5 field camera, a 4 3/4 X 6 1/2 Toyo Field fitted with a 4X5 back. When I purchased the camera in excellent condition a few years ago it came with an original 4X5 revolving back. All my lenses, except two of the largest are in Graphic lens boards and I use them on Toyo views with Toyo flat and recessed adapter boards. I liked the camera but not the back. The pre G Series Toyos used a bail system to lift the ground glass back to assist in loading a film holder, a feature almost mandatory on such a light weight camera. The bail however will not open over a folding focusing hood, or my favorite viewer the Toyo monocular. Neither could the camera focus to infinity with my 47mm Super Angulon XL. After some consideration, I was able to fit the top half of a Toyo revolving back in place of the original. I could not make it revolve, a feature I can do without in any case. Now I can use all my G Series accessories and because of the much closer fit to the back plate, I can focus the 47 to infinity with room to spare.

    Last year I was able to obtain a late production back plate for this field camera which will accept G film backs. However the extension with a revolving Toyo G back is 5/8" more than my reworked version, and even with a non-revolving Toyo back it is 1/2" more. Again it won't work with the 47 so I have never used it on the camera. I have replaced many pin-holed Toyo bellows on G Series cameras, but the silk-lined leather original on this much older camera is still supple and light tight. I did replace the questionable original leather handle with nylon strapping.

    Photos show the camera with 270mm 5.6 Tele-Arton focused at tight headshot distance and the 47mm Super Angulon XL focused at infinity. This is a versatile little camera I'll be keeping.

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  2. #3942

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    Re: Show off your Large Format camera!

    Nice. I don't think I've seen a half-plate camera in use before, albeit with a 5x4 back in this case.

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    Re: Show off your Large Format camera!

    Quote Originally Posted by GRAYnomad View Post
    Nice. I don't think I've seen a half-plate camera in use before, albeit with a 5x4 back in this case.
    There are many on the large auction site coming out of Japan now, where they were very popular with professionals. Search "Toyo Field" 4 3/4 X 6 1/2. Some have one or the other or both the 4X5 and 4 3/4 X 6 1/2 backs.

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    Re: Show off your Large Format camera!

    I also have this camera, with the older 4x5 back you describe. I just bought a couple of slider backs for this camera that take 120 roll film holders. Someone has a blogpost describing how they modified this camera for 5x7. It’s just a bit larger than the native half-plate. I would like to do the same. https://5x7blog.wordpress.com/2017/1...-standard-5x7/

    It is a nice, portable metal field camera.



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    Re: Show off your Large Format camera!

    Good documentation at link!
    2022

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    Re: Show off your Large Format camera!

    You could make an adapter plate up to Toyo 57G back. Out of wood, plastic or metal.

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    Re: Show off your Large Format camera!

    Hi!

    This is my Chamonix F1 + Symmar 210/5.6 ... a happy couple, well, trio ;-)


    chamonix f1 by Antonio Gimeno, on Flickr

    Cheers
    Antonio

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    Re: Show off your Large Format camera!

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    Just arrived at my doorstep: Toyo 810M with reducing backs, second bellows, Super Angulon 165mm f8, Minolta Autometer IVf and other bits and pieces.

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    Re: Show off your Large Format camera!

    Here are some of my large format cameras, from "small" to larger, not all of them:

    Western Cyclone No.4 by SBA73, en Flickr

    Goerz & Anschütz by SBA73, en Flickr

    RB Graflex Series B 3x4 by SBA73, en Flickr

    KW Patent Etui by SBA73, en Flickr

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    Re: Show off your Large Format camera!

    my new toy, japanese whole plate camera ( looks like an old Tachihara Hope) made from nice cherry wood.
    back converted to fit 5x7 international double sheet holders.
    only about 2 kg

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    stay healthy!

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