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8 x 10 CAMERA

SPECIFICATIONS

 

 

Custom built left handed 8 x 10 camera


 

SPECIFICATIONS

8 x 10 Camera
with the back removed

Front shift 5 (127mm) total movement
Front raise 4.5 (114mm)and fall 3 (76mm) 
Front tint base 25 degrees forward
   90 degrees back
Front lens axis tilt limited by bellows
Front swing limited by bellows

Standard bellows 32 (812mm), 2 (50mm)min
Other lengths custom order

Standard lens board size
  5.5 x 5.5 

Custom options available:

  • Different lens board mount
  • Longer or shorter rail system & bellows
  • Removable bellows and bag bellows

 

More information on the design.

Rear swing 20 degrees
Rear shift 2.5 (64mm) total movement
Rear tilt 20 degrees back 90 degrees forward
Bail back

Levels on rear for horizontal & plumb


 
Weight
8 x10 ~6.4 pounds

Other available backs

  • 4 x 5 Back
  • 5 x 7 back
  • 5 x 8 back
  • 7 x 11 back
  • 5 x 12 back
  • 4 x 10 back will go to vertical
  • Other sizes inquire

 

 

 

 

 

4 x 10 Camera

Custom Black

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Canary wood left

Cherry wood right

 

 

Cherry 8 x 10 
With 5 1/2 x 5 1/2  or Sinar lens board 
$2985 

Cherry 8 x 10 
With 6 x 6 Deardorf style lens board
$3185 

 

Cherry 8 x 10 
With removable bellows
With 5 1/2 x 5 1/2  or Sinar lens board 
$3885 includes bag bellows 

Ordering information

Cherry 7 x 11 
With 5 1/2 x 5 1/2  or Sinar lens board 
$3249
8 x10 back to fit camera
$585 

 

 Cherry 5 x12  
With 5 1/2 x 5 1/2  or Sinar lens board 
$3279   
goes to vertical

 Adapter backs 8 x 10 to
4 x 5
5 x 7
5 x 8
full plate 
4 x 10

 

 

Lock knob and sliding lock
that hold the back on

Changing the back from Horizontal to Vertical

It has been assumed by some that the way the back rotates from horizontal to vertical on the 8 x 10, 11 x 14, 14 x 17, 16 x 20 and 20 x 24 cameras is that the back, box, bellows ect come off and rotate the same way as the panorama camera. This is wrong.

After years of working with and on cameras with different ways of holding the back on I settled with a design that was first used on a camera in 1870. See photo. It is a combination of sliding lock and lock knob. I found this to be the best.

Why?

Pins: As used on Deardorf, Wisner, D2. ect. Pins have to be drilled to the camera back and hardware of each camera, are hard to interchange backs with other cameras. The area where the pins are located sometimes breaks away. The closing hardware wears out and breaks. Pins fall out. The back rattles around due to sloppy holes. I have also had backs fall off the camera from the hardware getting caught on a branch and releasing the back from the body of the camera or the pins just did not catch right and the back just pops off when you turn your back to the camera.

Sliding lock: Wisner, Zone VI. The locking hardware when transporting the camera over the shoulder on a tripod sometimes catches on a branch and pulls the sliding lock open allowing the back to drop off.

Sliding lock with lock knob (see photo). Positive locking system of the back to the body of the camera, nothing for branches to get caught on and release the back from the camera. System works by loosing the lock knob a half turn and sliding the bracket out of the way. Turn back and reverse the steps. No worry of the back falling off the camera when transporting the camera on a tripod through brush and branches.

Camera folded 14 x15 x 5 3/4 weight 6.4 pounds
Next to a Deardorf 13 x 15 x 5 weight 13 pounds
Sizes includes knobs

For more info contact
Richard T Ritter
(802)-365-7807
info@lg4mat.net

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