Thursday

SOLD - Brand View 4x5 SOLD

The famous, or infamous Brand View rotating back 4x5 view and press camera has a dubious reputation among "real" photographers who saw it as a cross between a proper view camera and something hand holdable, sort of like a press camera.  The Brand View is certain to have been designed by someone with multiple purposes in mind, as it squashes down to a compact handful and extends like an elephant's trunk, if you need it.  There are over 11 separate aluminum/magnesium castings that go into the Brand View, and they keep it rather light in weight.

 Amazingly, this orphan of a view camera is actually a pretty good camera if you can overlook its homely pedigree and somewhat industrial aspect.  The rotating back is a spring type with enough travel to accept a 545 or other instant back, and any sheet film holder securely. I have used this camera with the equally historical Calumet rollfilm back and produced a portfolio of sharp photographs of catalin radios, years ago.  Now it is ready for you to extend its double rails, tilt that back, and focus with the probably expensive double helix thread.

From California, LA no less, so we know it was influenced by something like grip equipment.

 Check out that shift, and the cast-in handle. Wow, what a lot of parts.

The bellows is actually "new" - I had a new one put on just before I found my Pacemaker.

The Brand View is bound to impress visitors and produces a perfectly good projected image onto film for making of real photographs.

This Brand View comes with a lensboard to accept the lens of your choice, which you supply.  Recommended are lenses with focal lengths greater than about 135mm, as the bellows are a little too long for wide angle lenses. Long lenses are not a problem, and the long bellows makes this camera good for tabletop and other closeup photography.