For Sale Rochester Camera Company Poco Wholeplate camera + lens + Packard shutter + film holder

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Steve Goldstein

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I bought this some years ago but have never even tried to use it. It needs a new home.

This 4-3/4 pound Poco camera was made by Rochester Camera Company in (surprise!) Rochester, NY. It's for the 6-1/2" x 8x1/2" whole plate format and comes with one Eastman Portrait Film Holder No. 1. This is a film holder, not a plate holder with sheaths. The long edges of the holder were slightly shaved by a prior owner to fit the back - the Eastman holders that fit my Seneca are about 1/16" too wide. I removed the blue tape visible in the photo.

The camera comes with a brass lens of unknown manufacture marked Extra Rapid Aplanat No. 2 with a focal length around 8" and stops from f/7.7 to f/64. The glass is clean with no obvious scratches and a bit of dust. It's flange-mounted to a lensboard with a working Packard shutter, bulb, and hose. There's a second lensboard with a 2-1/4" hole for an unknown (and absent) flange.

The camera is complete and has front rise and rear tilt. It's been slightly modified with a glued-in stop for the end of the film-holder. Maximum extension is about 11". You'll definitely need to swaddle the entire bellows with your darkcloth as there are numerous pinholes in the creases. Better yet, replace the bellows and you'll have an inexpensive working entree into the whole-plate format, which makes for lovely, intimate contact prints.

Asking $275. PayPal G+S is fine and I'll pay US shipping. I fear this would be rather expensive to ship internationally.
 

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