Rare & Unusual Eastman Kodak Clinical View Camera 5x7 3x4 Wood & Brass W/ Lens For Sale
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Rare & Unusual 5x7 Eastman Clinical Camera made by Eastman Kodak Co. Folmer & Schwing Corporation Rochester, N.Y. USA. ca. 1920’s. Wood 7 Brass. Looks to be cherry wood. This camera originally came with two backs, one was a 5x7 the other was a 3 ¼ x 4 ¼ Quarter Plate adjustable back. This camera comes with only the 3x4 back. This is a very interesting back as it can be adjusted to different orientations by loosening the fasteners that keep it in place. This is to allow the item being photographed to stay still and the back adjusted. The camera would make an ideal conversion for wet plate collodion tintype photohgrahy and would be well suited for portraiture. A wet plate holder can be made by adapting a 3x4 film or plate holder but Chamonix makes nice ones:
CHAMONIX WET PLATE HOLDERS
This camera has only front rise and no other movements. It is quite rigid making it ideal for portraits or still life. This camera comes with a Gundlach Rapid Rectilinear 8” f8 Convertible Brass lens in shutter. Glass is clean but shutter doesn’t work. Better to find a more suitable lens for this camera like a Petzval Portrait lens
The bellows are intact with no tears but lots of pinholes. I wouldn’t replace them until shooting them with a dark cloth thrown over them. It is possible to patch the bellows by glueing a strip of tape along the corners of the bellows. This was routinely done on European view cameras like this:
The photos show the condition. All movements work. There is some damage to the back of the rail where an extension rail would go. Camera weighs 5.5 lbs. Max bellows draw is 14.5 inches. The original lacquer finish is mostly intact and this camera displays nicely as can be seen in the pictures.
If you are interested in learning alternative photographic processes such as Daguerreotype, Wet Plate Collodion, Calotype Paper Negatives, Platinum Printing, Salt Print, Albumen, and many other processes, please visit the Center for Alternative Photography at www.capworkshops.org. Also, please check out LTI / Lightside Photographic Services at www.ltiny.com for traditional film large format services as well as large format digital print services. LTI in New York City still process all formats color and black & white film,form 35mm to 11x14 & larger, and has the capability to print traditional prints as large as 50x96 inches and digital archival pigment ink jet prints as large as 60x120 inches. They also a Lightjet machine that produces Digital C prints as large as 50x96 inches. LTI does gallery quality work and many well known art photographers use their services.
If you are looking for camera repair please check out Frank Rubio Jr., formerly of Lens & Repro. He repairs just about everything and does amazing work. He specializes in large format camera, Graflex modifications, converting Polaroid backs to fit Graflex non Graflok backs, Film Holder Wet Plate adaptation, and much more. He can be found on Facebook by searching camera doctor-frank rubio, (646) 382-5234
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