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early Wetplate 40x40 Field Camera ULF

€1400.00 Sold Out

For offer is a british or german made 40cm x40cm Field Camera set. Authentic cameras that predate 1900 are quite rare in those formats. Only the most reknowed photographers, which did work for very rich sponsors or the royality could afford such gear.

This camera is a dedicated wetplate camera and offers a massive built quality, which reminds me of top of the line german or british camera makers. Only the finest material were used here, massive wood (i think its cherry or mahagoni) and luxuriant brass parts show that that the camera was built to last more then a human lifetime (which it luckily did).


Condition: The camera comes in a good condition. There are quite some sings of age and wear visible for sure, still both the wood and the brass looks good to me with a nice patina. Techincally everything seems to work here. The rear standard is moved onto the rear track by hand and fastened with brass bolts in place, then one can use the rear handle to fine focus the rear plane. Otherwise the front offers rise/fall, while the rear offers some limited tilt/swing.

The bellows were replaced recently and will last for another decade or two.


The camera comes with a plateholder which was made for wetplate. It will take plates up to 40cm x 40cm or (15 3/4" x 15 3/4"). The setup comes with some adapted reducers, a spare lensboard and even a developing try for 30x40 format.




height: 55cm
width: 45cm
weight: 12.5kg



Insured and tracked shipping cost:

Germany - 20 eur
EU* - 40 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.

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