Posted 2 years ago
To follow up on my recent post of an Al-Vista 5-F convertible panoramic camera, here is a more basic model: 5-B. It is mounted on a tripod to show the retarder fan that regulates the lens swing speed.
The 5-B used 5" roll film and could make 5x4, 5x6, 5x8, 5x10, or 5x12 inch photographs. There is a setting on the camera that restricts the amount of lens swing to make different sized pictures.
It sold for $30 ($755 in 2012 dollars) which is substantially less expensive then the 5-F, but still rather high in price for a specialized camera.