Old Camera

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I have an old camera that I bought from a guy years ago. It's a 5x7 view camera of sorts, wooden field type. The front name plate says, Korona View, Gundlach-Manhattan Optical Co. It has a Betax #3 Wollensak shutter and a Wollensak Velosticmat 7 1/4 inch lens mounted in a lens board about 3 1/2 x 5 inches. The lenspeed is f/4.5. The shutter doesn't work, but the diaphragm looks ok. Their is a rubber type bulb on a 3 ft. rubber tube to, I suppose, open the shutter in order to focus/compose etc. It has no swings or tilts on the front, only rise. The back has tilts but no swings or rise. Does anyone know anything about the company, the lens , the shutter?

-- Jarrell Conley (jarell@mindspring.com.), September 18, 1998


For a short history of the company see, http:// roundtable.cif.rochester.edu/users/ardavis/history/kingslake.html

-- Steve Pfaff (spfaff@hrl.com), September 24, 1998.

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