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Old 08-16-2016, 01:41 PM
Tatianapaints Tatianapaints is offline
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Just got our first vintage folding camera!

Just got back from a short holiday out in Prince Edward Island. On the way back to Montreal we stopped at a second hand / antique place on the side of the road and totally blew our travel schedule for the day.

One of the things we picked up was an "Ansco Junior 1A" folding camera.

Not super rare or expensive, there are quite a few similar on eBay reasonable priced.

But I love it! It is really old +/- 1910s-20s as far as I can find out so far. And it is so cool and well made and I haven't seen anything like it except in museums!

It looks like it should still work and from what I hear there could even be film available for it. I also found a manual for it online(!) and several collector sites and such. Could be the makings of a new hobby!
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Old 12-03-2016, 11:44 AM
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Re: Just got our first vintage folding camera!

I have always enjoyed owning and using folding cameras.

Over the years I have used the following:
  • Graphlex 4x5 inch
  • Plaubel Makina 6x7 cm
  • Fuji GF670(?) 6x4.5 cm
  • Canham DLC 4x5 inch
My favorite was the Plaubel Makina.

I still own the Canham DLC and some nice Rodenstock, Nikon and Schneider lenses. I should probably sell it so someone else can enjoy it, as I haven't used it for over 15 years.
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Old 02-13-2018, 02:47 PM
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Re: Just got our first vintage folding camera!

if it's in working order, it can be a great camera! There an online manual for it, too. Just google it.

One problem you may encounter is finding the correct film. Ansco 6A has not been made for quite some years. Pacific Rim Camera may have some vintage stuff..... or you can do what I do, and cut down 4x5 sheet film.

Since it's a vintage camera, you probably want to achieve an "old look" in your pics. I'd recommend using Ortho (Ilford Ortho Plus or equiv) since you can work with it using a safelight instead of having to work in total darkness.... and it's color sensitivity is very close to what was commonly used back then.

Goog Luck and let us see your pics!
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