Vintage 4x5 Field Cameras
Super Graphic And The Busch Pressman
Here are some basic observations about these cameras: Both are metal alloy folding-bed press cameras whose rangefinder and optical viewfinder can easily be removed to become lightweight field cameras. Both cameras have revolving backs, a big advantage over Crown and Speed Graphics, but no rear movements (à la the more expensive Linhof, Meridian, and MPP). The Super Graphic has on-axis front tilt, swing, rise, and shift, while the Busch Pressman has less convenient base tilt, rise, and shift, but no front swing. Bellows extend on both cameras to approximately 12" allowing use of a 180-210mm lens with decent capacity for near distance focusing (but no macro).
The Busch Pressman has a smaller opening in the front standard which limits the choice of lenses having larger rear elements (a 90mm f/8 can be used, but not the f/5.6). Lensboards for the Busch Pressman are scarce, but reproductions are currently available on eBay. Super Graphic lensboards are readily available on eBay or at camera shows. The Super Graphic has a Graflok back, which allows use of "international" back rollfilm holders, such as the commonly available and inexpensive Graphic RH-8. The Busch Pressman has a spring back, requiring a slide-in type rollfilm holder, such as a Calumet (easier to use than having to first remove the Graflok spring back).
Another less common camera of similar specification is the Burke & James Press. It is a metal folding-bed camera of approximately 4.5 lbs; uses 4" lensboards; has a revolving spring back, front standard on-axis tilt, rise, and shift, but no swing.