The Lotus View Rapid Field Camera
After 34 years in the large
format arena, I've learned that there are really only two kinds
of view cameras. The first, made of elegant hardwood and fitted with
fine brass hardware, is the kind we carefully polish and prop up in
the office as a conversation piece. The other, made of chipped gray
aluminum and sporting a tape-festooned bellows, is the one we actually
take out and use. Now, with the availability in this country of the
Lotus View Rapid Field camera, we can enjoy the aesthetics of a fine
creative tool while making money with it.
design is intelligently continued in the front and rear standards, each
having a somewhat skeletal appearance that belies its true strength. At
the base of each is the compact, all-aluminum swing, tilt, and shift mechanism
on which each movement is locked with its own non-metallic star knob.
Again, appearance is deceiving, and while the knobs look a little undersized
their placement makes for easy operation with gloved hands. All movements
operate with the same smooth-ness as the focusing track and, with one
exception, tighten positively.
Bellows Range: 600mm
maximum, 85mm minimum
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