Old camera for street potrait photography in India


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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/nationworld/world/la-fg-india-lowtech2-2009sep02,0,4488845.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/75056404@N00/3234794511/sizes/l/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/75056404@N00/3234794287/sizes/l/in/set-72157603399419727/

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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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/nationworld/world/la-fg-india-lowtech2-2009sep02,0,4488845.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/75056404@N00/3234794511/sizes/l/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/75056404@N00/3234794287/sizes/l/in/set-72157603399419727/

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?
 

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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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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 .....
 

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