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This gorgeous 5 x 7 view camera was made by the Raygram company
in the 1940's. It uses 5 x 7 sheet film and comes with six 5 x 7 film holders.
The camera also comes with a 2nd 2 /14 by 3 1/4 back and three film holders
for this back. So, you can use both 5x7 and 2 1/4 x 3 1/4 sheet film.
It also comes with a dark cloth, 7 kodak filters and a sturdy wooden
travel case. Inside the case are slotted areas for the camera and accessories.

This camera has triple extension bellows. These very long bellows allow
for close up photography. There is a large dark cloth which is draped over
the viewfinder glass and your head and shoulders, so that you can see and
focus the image in the viewfinder. This is done before you insert the film.
The aperture is opened by cocking the shutter lever so light passes through
to the viewfinder. After focusing, you insert the film holder and
trip the shutter (which closes the aperture) . Remove the dark slide, trip the shutter
twice and You have now taken one photograph.
Repeat, taking care to turn the dark slide around so that you are using the 2nd
sheet of unexposed film.

I've taken photographs with this camera and it works very well. The images were
crisp and properly exposed.

The camera is in very good condition, both working and cosmetic.
The rail bed has grooves for the bellows assembly to travel along. At the juncture
of the folding rails, the turning wheel gets very, very stiff. It takes a little bit of force
to continue forward on the teeth of the gears.
The bellows are in excellent condition and seem to be light tight.
The shutter and f-stops work well. The metal lens board holders and various metal
knobs etc., all show some abrasions and discoloration.

The wooden case is in excellent structural condition. It protects the camera
very well. It has surface flaws, such as nicks and scratches and discoloration
of the metal surfaces. The lock mechanism is gone. The latches work perfectly.
The strap is very worn around the strap lugs. I wouldn't trust the handle for carrying
the camera around very much.

This is a wonderful working camera. Wood cameras are much more fragile than
metal field cameras, so when using it, I suggest a very sturdy tripod or table to hold it.
And take your time. These cameras aren't for clicking away quickly.

Your camera will be carefully packed and shipped priority mail with delivery confirmation,
insurance and signature confirmation in the US. International shipping is available, but
very expensive. Please convo me for a quote.

Vintage Raygram RHS Model A 5 x 7 View Camera- 1940's


Overview

  • Vintage item from the 1940s
  • Materials: wood, brass, metal, glass, cherry
  • Only ships within United States.
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