Burke & James 8x10 Field Camera (fully refurbished!)
History: I always loved the Burke & James cameras, actually my own 8x10 studio camera that i have been using for the last 3 years is also a 8x10 Burke & James. They offered a wide range of movements (tilt/shift/rise/fall...) but most US made cameras made in that era offered those too. What made their cameras so special was their stability and reliability, compared to their competitors (Rochester and so on...). The only part of their marketing that i (and nobody else actually) really understood was the grey paint with which they laquered their beautifull cameras.
The camera you see here was fully refurbished by me in the last 3 weeks or so. I spent more then 20h and alot of money on that project. When i baught it, it looked ok on the pictures, but when it arrived it was clear: it needed a complete restauration. The task was to unsrew every metall part from the wood, strip the paint from the wood, put black laquere on it, then clear coat, then polish every metall part including each screw, replace missing screws, replace the old bellows with brand new (also red) bellows, reassemble everything and voila!
Right now the camera offers almost every movement you can imagine. It is very sturdy (for a field camera), it offers stability and reliability. It comes with a rotating 8x10 international back, so you can use standard Fidelity and Lisco holders. Another big big plus here is that the extension rail is included. With that the camera offers almost 1 meter (or 40") of bellows draw! When did you see a field camera that offered that the last time?
It comes with an already drilled lensboard. If you buy a lens form my collection for this camera i can adapt the lens to it for free and combine shipping costs.
Insured and tracked shipping cost:
Germany - 10 eur
EU* - 30 eur
Worldwide - 90 eur
*(the site offers only 2 shipping variations, DE and worldwide. buyers from EU please either contact me beforehand for a reduced EU cost, or after buying so i can send a refund over the difference)
Importent Note: This item comes from my private collection and is around 100 years old (antique). I try my best to describe all the faults and major damage which are relevant for the function of this item. But the actuall item can show signs of wear and also some cosmetic blemishes/damage which is not described in the auction text! When buying this item the buyer agrees to this terms.