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Al-Vista 5-B Panoramic Camera, 1899-1910

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    Posted 9 years ago

    rniederman
    (323 items)

    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.

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    Comments

    1. scottvez scottvez, 9 years ago
      Neat camera rob-- based on appearance, I would have thought that this was 1920s or later.

      I appreciate your continued "camera educationals"!

      scott
    2. rniederman rniederman, 9 years ago
      Thanks, toolate2!
    3. rniederman rniederman, 9 years ago
      Thanks, Scott ... always appreciate your commends and glad you're enjoying the cameras.
    4. rniederman rniederman, 9 years ago
      Thanks officialfuel and mustangtony!
    5. rniederman rniederman, 9 years ago
      Thanks, walksoftly!
    6. rniederman rniederman, 9 years ago
      Thanks, blunderbuss2!
    7. rniederman rniederman, 9 years ago
      Thanks, Eric!
    8. rniederman rniederman, 9 years ago
      Thanks, sanhardin!
    9. rniederman rniederman, 9 years ago
      Thanks, chrissylovescats!
    10. rniederman rniederman, 9 years ago
      Thanks Sean and f64imager!
    11. rniederman rniederman, 9 years ago
      Thanks, petey!
    12. rniederman rniederman, 8 years ago
      Thanks, sugargirl!
    13. rniederman rniederman, 8 years ago
      Thanks, pops52!
    14. rniederman rniederman, 8 years ago
      Thanks, Designer!
    15. rniederman rniederman, 8 years ago
      Thanks, Henry!
    16. rniederman rniederman, 8 years ago
      Thanks, Hardbrake!
    17. rniederman rniederman, 8 years ago
      Thanks, kygurl32!
    18. rniederman rniederman, 8 years ago
      Thanks, Sean!
    19. rniederman rniederman, 7 years ago
      Thanks, aghcollect!

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