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    What is this huge over 5 foot large format camera ?

    I found this huge folding wood camera in an attic. There are no tags or plates on it. It measures 70 1/4" long at the rale. The frame or box area that holds the lens is 20" X 20" and the cut out or opening for the lens is 4" X 5". The frame of the glass plate measuring 20 1/4" X 16 1/4" and the glass measuring 14" X 17". The wood appears to mahogany and it is all dove tailed. There is no lense. Just the case, bellows and some attachments (plates, frames etc). I have sold many cameras ( I am not an expert by any means) but know enough to research most of them and can't find anything remotely close to this size. There a few Century Studio cameras but none that I could find are this large. I downloaded sevearl photos on photobucket if anyone wants to see them please email me. I am going to try to put the link and the photos on here if it will let me as I do not use these boards often. Any help appreciated. Trying to figure out if this is indeed large format possibly for wet plate ? or some other specific purpose.
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    http://s829.beta.photobucket.com/user/june7210/library/

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    Re: What is this huge over 5 foot large format camera ?

    I think it is a copy camera, but someone else will know for sure.

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    Re: What is this huge over 5 foot large format camera ?

    These copy/process/reproduction dinosaurs were made by a few specialist firms that had little connection with the usual photographic manufacturing companies.
    Studio cameras are difficult to find a home because of transport problems - the problem is magnified by a factor 10 with these!
    I can't see any plate/film holders, which might have made this interesting for a very brave man/woman?

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    Re: What is this huge over 5 foot large format camera ?

    Someone could make a LF enlarger out of that.

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    Re: What is this huge over 5 foot large format camera ?

    Early photostat cameras were like that, they differ slightly from process cameras.

    Ian

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    Re: What is this huge over 5 foot large format camera ?

    The camera looks like a Century Lantern Slide Camera or Folmer duplicating cameras.

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