Galvin 2 1/4" x 3 1/4" View Camera : LUSENET : Large format photography : One Thread

Fellow friends, I'm considering purchasing a Galvin view camera.

Would any of you kindly share any general impressions you have of this camera or, more specifically, care to comment on any or all of the following:

(1) Is there any sort of reflex viewer or hood that would fit this camera and allow me to view an upright image? (I believe Horseman makes one for its 6 x 9 cameras, but I don't know whether it will fit the Galvin. I figure that if their roll film backs fit the Galvin, then why not the hood?)

(2) Given that there is no bag bellows for this camera (and I'm not the tinkering sort), what is the shortest focal length that I could use without restricting the movements; i.e., could I use a Schneider 47mm Super Angulon without any problem? or should I opt for a 65mm instead?

(3) I hear that the ground glass is not very bright for viewing. Are there any fresnel lenses or Beattie-like accessories that would fit this camera?

(4) How does this camera compare to the Gowland 2 x 3 cameras?

Thanks for any help.

-- Francisco Diaz (, June 02, 1999


Jim Galvin used to supply recessed lensboards for that camera; perhaps you could find one via Shutterbug or ebay. Going on memory here, I don't think you'll be able to use the 47 with a flat board.

-- John Hicks / John's Camera Shop (, June 02, 1999.

1. As for focusing screens, you should call Bill Maxwell of Maxwell Precision Optics at (404) 244-0095. I spent about 4 months researching the best product for my Horseman VH (6 x 9) camera, and I concluded Bill makes it. He custom fits all his screens; they're reasonably priced considering how beautiful they are.

2. If the Horseman 6 x 9 backs fit the Galvin then, yes, so should the Monoreflex viewer.

3. To answer what is the shortest lens, you will need to know what is the minimium extension.

-- Howard Slavitt (, June 03, 1999.

I do not think that it can be assume that the monoflex viewer can be used on the Galvin. I an not sure of the design of the monoflex but I would be surprised it it would fit because of the way that the Galvin ground glass assembly swings back.

-- Dave Sherman (, June 04, 1999.

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