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I've just found a 5x4 camera in a skip!
Not some beat-up old relic either. It's a Devere 'Devon' monorail, in dusty but perfectly functional condition. In fact, cleaned up, it'll be more modern, and in far better nick than the old Devere monorail I already had.
The GG is perfect, the bellows look nearly new, and the only things I could find wrong were one small screw missing, and an empty bubble-level on the front standard. It even had a lensboard attached, but no lens, unfortunately. (bummer!)
Of course, I'm over the moon, to put it mildly, but it does make me wonder if this indicates a widespread and general disdain and disregard for large format photography.
Perhaps the previous owner knows something we don't about film availability in the near future?
-- Pete Andrews (firstname.lastname@example.org), February 12, 2002
I assume a Skip in "Merrie Old" is a dumpster?
-- RICHARD ILOMAKI (email@example.com), February 12, 2002.
Congratulations on your find! A lot of people who may come into possession of cameras such as these think that they have no use in todays world. And since they aren't made of wood and brass they can't be antiques.
As to film, it will be around for a long time. Maybe, in the future, the name will change to something like "analog image storage medium" but it will still have a use for those of us who will insist on being differnt.
-- Bob Eskridge (firstname.lastname@example.org), February 12, 2002.
Funniest dang looking accordion I ever saw!.....
-- Bruce Wehman (email@example.com), February 12, 2002.
No market for stolen view cameras? Guess the theives should be more informed, before they go to all that trouble just to end up throwing the thing away.
-- Chris Ellinger (firstname.lastname@example.org), February 12, 2002.
And the EXACT location of the dumpster is?
-- Kevin Crisp (KRCrisp@aol.com), February 12, 2002.
What? No bubble level on the front standard? Get back to the dumpster and dive in.
-- Joe Lipka (email@example.com), February 12, 2002.
Dumpster diving may become a new Olympic sport!
-- Wayne Campbell (firstname.lastname@example.org), February 12, 2002.
"Dumpster diving may become a new Olympic sport!" - It already is round here, and competition is fierce for the best dumpsters!
Kevin, Joe: Sorry. The skip was taken away a couple of hours after my first excavation.
I was just wondering what the odds were on someone dumping a camera like that, and coincidentally, someone like me that still uses LF, spotting it and rescuing it. The camera was fairly well hidden under a liberal dusting of plaster and bits of old wood, and yet it hadn't suffered any major damage. I think I might be getting religion.
-- Pete Andrews (email@example.com), February 13, 2002.
Oh no, Pete, not that! Just keep chanting: even the smallest probability is not zero, even the smallest probablity is not zero, ...
-- Sal Santamaura (firstname.lastname@example.org), February 13, 2002.
Reminds me of the story of a trombone player in a major symphony who spotted a baritone horn case on top of a dumpster outside the symphony hall. He opened it and found a beautiful 1930's Conn baritone in perfect condition. He took it to the orchestra manager and asked if he knew anything about it, and it turned out it had been set aside and forgotten about years ago in an attic that was then being renovated, and the construction workers must have just tossed the case without even opening it. I believe he now plays that very horn in the few orchestral pieces that call for it (one of Mahler's symphonies, a few works by modern British composers, and not much else).
-- David Goldfarb (email@example.com), February 13, 2002.