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I have a very nice aerial 5x7 camera with a 15 inch f/5.6 Wollensak telephoto lens on it. It is a Keystone Aircraft type F8. It has a focal plane shutter. The lens has marked stops from 5x6 to f/32.
It looks as if it takes 7 inch roll film. It has shutter speeds adjustable from 1/400 second to 1/125 of a second.
Does anyone know what films would be availble for this camera these days and what distance the fixed lens is set for?
I would like to try using it, even if I have to tape a 5x7 or 4x5 negative to the glass inside.
If there are any old military photogs with experience, or if someone has used one of these, I would appreciate info on the camera as a user.
-- Dan Smith (email@example.com), January 18, 2001
Kodak apparently has a wide variety of Aerial roll films, including some in 5 in width.
Hopefully, the stuff is reasonably priced.
I'm no expert, and just IMHO...
-- Mani Sitaraman (firstname.lastname@example.org), January 18, 2001.
I don't know for sure, but would imagine the lens would be focussed at infinity. Whether you're flying at 3000' or 300,000', the ground is effectively at infinity.
I used a point-and-shoot camera with an infinity lock feature as a turning point camera when flying sailplanes.
-- John H. Henderson (email@example.com), January 18, 2001.