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4X5 Rex press camera?

 
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glennfromwy



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 09, 2004 4:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Has anyone ever seen one of these? A rather cheesy cast aluminum Graflex copy, sort of, made by Rex Laboratories of Indianapolis, IN.
I just got one off eBay for 37.00.
I've only ever seen one other on the market. Mine is in very nice shape. It has front rise of 2 inches but no other movements. Accepts wood Speed Graphic lens boards. No rear shutter. The whole focus track mechanism is laughably crappy but works ok. With a little more thought in it's design, it could have been a very good quality camera. Maybe it's a 4X5 Holga. I haven't been able to find any history on it.

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disemjg



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 09, 2004 11:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I looked for it in McKeown's and did not see anything like a press camera under that name. Is Rex the model label, or the manufacturer? Mckeowan's is pretty comprehensive, and lists things even if they are pretty rare.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 10, 2004 2:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is only a small name plate riveted to the back under the GG focus panel. It has the name and city of the manufacturer and the serial number. No other markings. Like I said, I have only run across one other of these on the market and it may be the same one, for all I know. I just don't beliieve that's the case, though. Could it be a prototype??
The Shadow knows --------- ;>)
Oh, I have a couple of other cameras that are not listed in McKeown's. Maybe I should contact them.

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Nick



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 16, 2004 10:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nobody else knows so I'll throw out some guesses-))

It was made post WWII by a company looking for something to do. Maybe in the LA area? They then found out it was easier doing something other then making cameras.
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glennfromwy



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 18, 2004 9:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, I have located someone with another one. I have also received a suggestion that these may have been made fo the law enforcement community. Still researching. Nick, Los Angeles, Indiana???????

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 19, 2004 4:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry can't read some days-(( I was thinking it might be similar to that twin rail camera. Vue? It was made in the LA area but a group that supposedly had made aircraft parts during the war.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 19, 2004 4:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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On 2004-11-19 08:11, Nick wrote:
Sorry can't read some days-(( I was thinking it might be similar to that twin rail camera. Vue? It was made in the LA area but a group that supposedly had made aircraft parts during the war.
Were you thinking of the Newton New-Vue?
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 20, 2004 1:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now THAT was a clunker. However, it was better made than this Rex.

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