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Discussion in 'Large Format Cameras and Accessories' started by david b, May 20, 2006.
I am looking for a new or a recently made used 5x7 camera.
What are my options?
I believe Shen Hao and Canham are both making new 5x7's you might look around to see if you could find someone selling one of those models.
Wisner, Canham, Ebony, Lotus ....
ok...where do i buy them?
Here is a list of Canham Dealers
Of course the auction clearing house might produce some results
Bruces Field Camera ebay store is listing a new Osaka 5x7 for $1475.00 right now
Wisner, Canham, Ebony, Lotus .... check their websites for dealers. Quality Camera in Atlanta has a good selection of LF cameras new and used.
Can't you get new Deardorffs again? If not, there are plenty of used ones about in all conditions and prices.
The new Deardorffs are available from www.mpex.com.
I just went and looked and did not find them listed on their website?
E-mail or call. They might not have them in stock at the moment, and a 5x7" might be made to order.
I bought a used, but fully restored, Deardorff 5x7 with a 4x5 reducing back a short while ago. It's a great camera and I don't think you'd be unhappy with it.
You can buy new cameras from Deardorff directly. Here's their address:
Deardorff Photographic Products International,
58 West Lincolnway, Valpariso, INdiana, 46383
Telephone: ( 219 ) 464 9748
They don't have a website and can only be reached by telephone or mail.
FWIW... Jim at Midwest Photo is a GREAT guy to deal with!
I have a new wood Canham 5x7 in stock and can also get the ebony's.
Most of the options listed here are kind'a pricey. You can get a 5X7 Tachahara from badgergraphic.com for about $1,300. new. Dean
Hi David, I know this is not a 'recent' model, but I use a Burke & James 'Gray' 5x7 that has really been a great camera. Have the 4x5 and 5x7 backs for it, plus a few lens boards. It does have the original red bellows, but they are in great shape...some you find are shot, some have been replaced. My first 5x7, which I still have, was a Eastman No. 1, which was pretty loose, but then it is over 100 years old. Just another option I thought I would toss out. If I could buy new, it would either be a Shen-Hao, Tachahara or if I really had the $ the Canaham. Good luck, you will fall in love with the 5x7 format.
A nice Kettle of Fish
Good luck in your search Dave and there are some great options listed above....what I wish I would have done (and since have done) when I first got into the larger formats was really research, do more hands on testing and purchase quality, I wasted a lot of time and money just trying to get into the game as cheaply as possible....all of the above cameras, new and even 100 years old will "take a picture suitable for framing"...current cameras have less problems with obtaining film holders and service and offer the options you will find you just might want once you really get into it, (and you will...it is a very positive addiction...) i.e. bellows draw, minimum and maximum, swings, tilts, rise and fall, et al. There are some very sweet lenses for 5 x 7 in the 90 mm to 110 mm range, and also up to the 600 mm range, a lot of 4 x 5 lenses cover the format as well as the 8 x 10....5 x 7 is really a sweet spot to be in....
As for specific recommendations,
1. the DDorfs have always been highly recommended, I was not aware that presently you could get them new, I would assume the standards are just as high or higher,
2. The Shen Hoa I have seen and is quite nice as is the Tachihara for the price.
personally I am not afraid of a little more weight and greater stability and movements, I do like to crank it out to the max...
That being said, this month at the APUG convention I was able thanks to Rob, to get my hand on and put some of the cameras he brought through the paces....The wooden Canham I really liked....but what really blew me away were the Ebony cameras, everything about them, the fit and finish and the function, rock solid at extension.....
What do I work with?
I have 2 Wisner cameras that I really love working with, they are strong and solid at extension and the have great movement capabilities, also great maximum extension and strength, I also have a Wista 8 x 10 which has served me well but does not have the max bellows extension and is not as solid as I would like it to be....so "Lord willing and if the Creek don't rise and If I can get a good price for the motorcycle and sell the boat, an Ebony is in my future....
I would with out hesitation recommend as a good long term investment-as a 5 x 7 working tool, The Wisner, the DDorf's (I'd really like to see a new one), the Wooden Canham, and the Ebony.
For my larger cameras I use S& S holders.
From the sublime to the ridiculous - I just sold an Ansco 5x7" on e-bay, with 5x7" and 4x5" spring backs. It was probably the least desirable model they ever made, with a one-piece (non-folding) bed, solid front end (no movements), just tilt and swing on the back, in wood finished in battleship gray, but it was in excellent condition, all working, and it sold for - £31!!!!!!!!!!
You can add Gandolfi to your list
I've mentioned Gandolfi already. Here's mine: http://www.bruraholo.no/Cameras/Gandolfi/Gandolfi.html
I'd love to see a Gandolfi
I would buy a Tachihara 8x10 & then pick up a 4x5 & 5x7 reduction back... If they don't offer a 5x7 reduction back for the Tachihara, then you'd do well to pick one up off of THAT auction site & retrofit it to the 8x10.
Why do I say this? Well- the 5x7 isn't that much smaller, lighter, or easier to setup/handle than the 8x10. I have 2 Tachihara's, the 4x5 & the 8x10, as well as the 4x5 reduction back for the 8x10. The only reason I take out the 4x5 instead of the 8x10 is if I'm going on a hike & want the lightest camera I can find. I'm in the process of retrofitting a 5x7 back for the 8x10 & then will have all 3 of my favorite formats!
Good luck on your search...
I really like the 5x7 format and that fact it is sturdier than the 4x5 format....generality and subject comment....In fact, I recently came close to purchase a 5x7 deardorff knock off from Seth at: http://188.8.131.52/search?q=cache:LRv_P7N78LQJ:www.cameraeccentric.com/+camera+eccentric&hl=en
For under $600, you would have a nice 5x7 with a 4x5 reducing back. You can find a 5x7 back which fits this camera or for a a couple hundred more or so you can purchase a new deardorff 5x7 back Seth also has.
Quite honestly, I still might purchase it....it is a daily struggle to decide, for it has both front and rear swing and suffficient bellows length.
If I did not already have a 4x5 tachihara with a 5x7 extension, a 5x7 Korona and 2 8x10 Deardorffs.....I would purchase this Deardorff knock off in a heart beat or a New York Minute for those on the east coast....
I truly would love to see more film options for 5x7....I just took out some old 5x7 color chrome film this weekend and hope to shoot is very soon..
Whatever you decide, we all need to promote FILM! My best to one and all, Jon
Carpe diem! You should just go ahead and buy it!
I just seized the moment on that big auction site and bought another Dorff... except, this time, it's an 8x10!
So, now, I have Dorffs in 8x10 and 5x7 with 4x5 reducing back... Yippee!
Life is too short not to "go for it!"