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    Default Old camera for street potrait photography in India

    Below is an interesting article from LA Times regarding an
    old LF camera in daily use for ID photography in Jaipur, India.

    http://www.latimes.com/news/nationwo...5.story?page=1

    If I am not mistaken, he does the processing (i guess should be photo paper, not film)
    inside (or behind?) the camera.


    Here is photos of this camera from flickr.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/7505640...94511/sizes/l/

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/7505640...7603399419727/

    The taking lens is Zeiss Ikon Tessar f4.5

    Just wonder what type of camera is this and how old is
    the lens?

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    "Snapping the image involves nothing as humdrum as a button. Instead, Chand scoots around to the front and removes the lens cap for one or two seconds before scooting back under the coverings, sticking his hand in tubes made of a bluejeans leg to shift the paper from developing chemicals into the fixer, then into a plastic bucket to rinse off the chemicals.

    If that sounds complicated, you haven't heard the half of it. All this work has produced a negative. He repeats the whole process to produce a positive."

    He shoots using a paper negative, which he removes from the camera and develops, and then makes a positive.

    From the article, sounds like his shutter is kaput.

    Hard to say exactly how old the camera is, but the lens data can be looked up in various databases.

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    Default Re: Old camera for street potrait photography in India

    Quote Originally Posted by aquilaa View Post
    Below is an interesting article from LA Times regarding an
    old LF camera in daily use for ID photography in Jaipur, India.

    http://www.latimes.com/news/nationwo...5.story?page=1

    If I am not mistaken, he does the processing (i guess should be photo paper, not film)
    inside (or behind?) the camera.


    Here is photos of this camera from flickr.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/7505640...94511/sizes/l/

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/7505640...7603399419727/

    The taking lens is Zeiss Ikon Tessar f4.5

    Just wonder what type of camera is this and how old is
    the lens?
    LOL, is it the type that explodes when u fire the flash? Just like the ancient British and Chinese use?
    http://www.mettalifephotography.com/

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    Default Re: Old camera for street potrait photography in India

    judging from the distance from lens to the end of camera, looks like using 5x7 and above format. even there is a brand or company, think it also long gone.


    large format lens shutter can only go up to 1 sec only, since he is using paper neg, the lens shutter is useless, has to use hand, lens cap or black card to act as shutter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MettaLife View Post
    LOL, is it the type that explodes when u fire the flash? Just like the ancient British and Chinese use?
    Magnesium powder flash, that long gone.

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    Default Re: Old camera for street potrait photography in India

    Quote Originally Posted by MettaLife View Post
    LOL, is it the type that explodes when u fire the flash? Just like the ancient British and Chinese use?
    i dont think making fun about preseverence and ingenuity at improvising in the face of change to make a living is appropriate .....
    Last edited by ed9119; 23rd September 2009 at 09:13 PM.

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