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Improved Empire State 8x10 + 5x7 field camera

€900.00 Sold Out

History: The Empire State Cameras are well known and respected field cameras of the early days of wet plate photography. The Improved Empire State is the same as the Empire State No 3. The 8x10 is the top of the line modell, which offers the perfect balance between stability, weight and flexibility. It offers almost all the available movements you would need to make outdoor, and also indoor portraiture work. The materials used are mahagony and cherry wood.



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. The camera comes with its original extension rail (which is often missing), which gives it a maximum extension of about 700mm (~27"). It also features its two original international sized backs, the 8x10 and the 5x7 which can be interchanged and also rotated (portrait and landscape format). As a bonus a fitting 5x7 plateholder is also included.


The old bellows were just recently replaced with a brandnew Deardorff style quality bellows!


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 - 75 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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