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B&J 4x5 press cameras - revolving back

 
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adamgarrickrobins



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 20, 2011 3:45 am    Post subject: B&J 4x5 press cameras - revolving back Reply with quote

Did pretty much all B&J 4x5 press cameras feature the revolving back, or was that peculiar only to certain ranges of years?

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Adam
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 21, 2011 1:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

as afr as I can find all the 4x5 Busch have a revolving back

BUT the 2x3 DON'T have the revolving back
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 21, 2011 5:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I mean the Burke and James Press Cameras - the 4x5 ones.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 21, 2011 6:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

wil my bobo Bruke & James the same thing holds true

as far as I can find all the { B&J Press or speed press}
4x5 have a revolving back

BUT the 2x3 DON'T have the revolving back
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 21, 2011 6:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OH also one in Canada called the King press looks
about the same as the B&J . I have been trying to
find out if maybe they made the B&J 4x5s?!?
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 21, 2011 6:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tower Press (Sears & Roebuck) (4x5) is the B&J rebadged.
http://www.cameramanuals.org/sears/sears_tower_press.pdf
http://camera-wiki.org/wiki/Tower_Press_Camera
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 21, 2011 9:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My original question was about Burke and James cameras, but yeah, I am interested in learning what other 4x5 press cameras had a revolving back. I did not realize the Busch/Tower ones also did.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 21, 2011 10:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry I got off topic. Have you seen this
http://www.cameraeccentric.com/html/info/bj_2.html ?

4x5 yes, 2x3 no.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 21, 2011 10:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have looked at that, and it's an excellent site. I just wanted to see if, say, there were years that the 4x5 did not have the revolving back, e.g., "oh, nononono, stay away from the pre-1950 ones as they have a fixed back on the diagonal - total disaster!"

When I bought my Pacemaker I ALMOST bought a B&J Press instead. Now, instead of thinking either/or I am thinking I may eventually just have to go both/and. The Pacemaker Speed Graphic has some nice features - focal plane shutter, Graflok back - and the B&J has that revolving back.

Of course, I also have an RB Series D. Maybe I just need to get the helium lightening kit for that so that I am more likely to take it places with me.
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