Rochester View 11x14 Ulf Wood Brass Light & Compact 9 Lbs Field Vintage Camera

Rochester View 11x14 Ulf Wood Brass Light & Compact 9 Lbs Field Vintage Camera

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Rochester View 11x14 Ulf Wood Brass Light & Compact 9 Lbs Field Vintage Camera:

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I understand that my descriptions are long winded but I strongly suggest that you read them carefully. They provides lots of information that is useful in helping you understand the items I offer, general information that I hope will provide practical knowledge to the enthusiastic and inquiring photographer, and aid so you can make informed decisions in purchasing these items. I’m always looking for early photographic equipment to offer for the emulsion oriented large format photographer with the idea of sustaining interest in traditional and alternative photographic processes.

Lightweight & Compact Rochester View Made by Rochester Camera Co. 11x14 Ultra Large Format Wood & Brass Field View Vintage Camera with One Lens Board. ca. 1900. Made in Rochester, NY. USA. This is a great field camera for the photographer who wants to get into 11x14 ultra large format photography. What makes this camera so attaractive is that it is extremely lightweight and compact. It will go into the field very easily and painlessly and because it is so light a lighter tripod can be used as well. My plan was to use it as a wet plate collodion camera by converting an 11x14 plate holder to wet plate. The camera could also be converted but a wet plate back would make the camera heavier and bulkier so converting the plate holder is the way to go and this camera takes standard modern style holders such as Fidelity. Chamonix makes wet plate holders as well so that’s an option.


This camera weighs only 9 lbs, my Deardorff 8x10 weighs more and my Phillips 8x10 Compact II weighs a bit more as well. The maximum bellows draw is approx. 16 inches. The bellows could draw out longer if an extension rail could be found but this camera was really designed as a field camera and not a portrait camera so having the extension rail doesn’t much matter. The lens board is small to accommodate wide angle or rapid rectilinear lenses and not large Petzval Portrait lenses. This camera will best put to use as a landscape / architecture / interior camera. Lenses for this would be Zeiss or Bausch & Lomb Protar Series V wide angle, Dallmeyer, Steinheil, Ross, Bausch & Lomb, Darlot Hemispherique Rapide, Suter or any Rapid Rectiliner, Aplanat to cover 11x14

This camera has lots of front rise, rear swing and rea tilt. 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. This is a project camera but can work very easily by adding a lens and either repairing ths bellows or throwing a dark cloth over the bellows before shooting. The botton of the rear standard looks like it was gnawed by a woodcheck or beaver but this damage does not effect use or integrity of camera and makes it a bit lighter. All movements work. The ground glass is new and was recently provessionally replaced. Camera weighs 9 lbs. Camera measures 18” tall by 17” wide by only 5” deep. The original lacquer finish is mostly intact and this camera displays beautifully as can be seen in the pictures. Looks to be made from Cherry wood.

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 Also, please check out LTI / Lightside Photographic Services at 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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Rochester View 11x14 Ulf Wood Brass Light & Compact 9 Lbs Field Vintage Camera:

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