I have little information about this camera, but a photgrapher in town has one he will sell. I looked at it today and it appears to be in nice shape. The camera slides in the bed pretty smooth. Bellows seem to look pretty good. leather on the camera is good. I am not sure what lens. I think a Kodak lens. He has several film backs for 4+5 sheet film. Anybody have an idea what it might be worth. Monte Johnson.
A 4x5 Speed is a good camera. I use mine fairly often. Mine cost $125-ish with lens and film holders. Mail firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Monte, ebay has several listed with a pretty wide price range, around $250 +/- $100, just for quick comparison....
Bill I never heard back from the guy so it just kind of went on the back burner. I think for now I will just watch and see what digital does. I really like my camera so I need to just sit tight for now. Being winter I become stir crazy and want to buy things I do not need. Thanks for the info.
Tell me about it. I've been drooling over Hassy lenses since it snowed last week....
You know I think it is just the time a year to buy things, My wife already has her Christmas present she could not wait. I tell her not to buy me anything because I know I am pertty good at that myself. Many times I have looked at the 501CM and thought of someway I could justify it but just cannot come up with the magic. My Fuji does a nice Job I already have at least thirty negs I want prints from. My computer is getting older so I know I will have to replace it someday. So here I am in a spending madness with no money to spend. I do not think this is good for my mental health. Thank God I have no credit cards. Monter Johnson.
Before using, or even buying, an old bellows camera you will want to check the bellows for possible pin holes which could fog the film. Extend the bellows fully (as far to the front as possible) then remove the ground glass back (if possible) then put a small 15 or 25 watt bare light bulb in a socket on an extension cord and run it along each of the four edge folds of the bellows in a darkened room. If you see any light come through, the bellows will have to be repaired before taking any pictures. Black electricians tape makes a good patch for pinholes. A price of $100 - $200 should be right if the lens has a shutter that works OK.