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Empire State 8x10 field camera

€800.00 Sold Out

History: The Empire State Cameras are well known and respected field cameras of the early days of wet plate photography. The Empire State is quite similar to the State No 2 with the main difference, that the rear part is fixed to the rail, which makes it even more compact and more leightweight.  With the back and lensboard the camera weights only 3.4kg!! Which make it a perfect travell companion for nature/landscape photography, where you dont need long bellows draw anyway but prefer to travell light.

The materials used are mahagony and cherry wood and the cameras dates back to late 1880ies.


Condition: This specimen comes in a really good authentic condition. It seems it was stored away safely for quite some time. The brass looks very good, also the the wood and the laquere are mostly intact and dont need any work. The camera comes with a retracteable extension rail, which gives it a maximum extension of about 450mm (~17"). It also features the original international 8x10 back, which can be interchanged and also rotated (portrait and landscape format). The back takes international standard plateholder like Fidelity/Lisco or the modern Charmonix wetplate holders.


The bellows are original and still in a very good condition! They are flexible and will work for many years to come.


The camera comes with a predrilled 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 -100 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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