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You know, I love finding things like this. It makes me so happy. :) This is a Perfection Sr. box camera, and the reason I am so excited about this is that it is a 4x5 sheet film camera, instead of a camera that takes some archaic form of roll film. Hooray!

Well, to be perfectly honest, this camera was designed to take pictures on 4x5 glass plates. It even comes with one (broken) glass plate holder (which has at least one glass plate still inside!), but no one uses glass plates anymore, sadly. However, I discovered that sheet film holders will work just as well in this camera, and 4x5 sheet film is still available.

I was unable to discover much information about this camera. It was made by Sears Roebuck in the early 1900s, and I found a copy of a vintage Sears advertisement online for the Perfection Jr, a nearly identical, but smaller, camera that dated from 1910. So, that's all the background I have on this camera.

What I can tell you, though, is that it still seems to work perfectly. The camera has an interior lens that keeps everything in focus, as long as your subject is more than about 6 feet away from the camera. There are only two shutter adjustments - Time and Instant. Both shutter settings work correctly. There are two viewfinders, and they are both, unfortunately, very difficult to see through in direct sunlight. You do just kind of have to guess where you're aiming at.

The inside of the camera is very interesting. A secret button on the top of the back of the camera releases a door on top of the camera. This area is where you can slide in your film or plate holder for use, and also store two spare plate holders. Film holders are taller than plate holders, so you will not be able to close the top door if you are using/carrying film holders with you. However, the camera will still function with film holders.

I did test out the camera with film to see if it would still work even if I was using film holders instead of the glass plate holder. The last photo in this listing was shot with the Perfection Sr. As you can see, there's a really interesting combination of sharpness and softness, with the whites getting actually kind of glowy. I'm not sure how much of that is due to the lens, and how much is due to the combination of film holder and film (spare X-ray film, about ISO 100) that I used. I thought the test picture came out great for a very simple 100 year old camera!

This camera would be a great way of getting into large format photography without committing to a view or press camera. I think there's a lot of life left in this camera. It's still actually in very good shape cosmetically, considering its age. The leatherette is only really worn in the corners, and still firmly attached everywhere else. The leather handle is still even intact, although I would not recommend picking it up by its handle, since the handle does seem fragile.

The Perfection Sr comes with a broken wooden glass plate holder. One side of the holder is unusable, due to a wooden piece that broke off. There is also at least one glass plate inside the holder, although I have no idea whether or not it has been exposed. In addition, I am also including two wooden 4x5 sheet film that look to be made of a similar wood as the plate holder, and one black painted wooden 4x5 sheet film holder. The black holder is newer (probably circa 1940s) than the other holders. The film holders have not been tested for light-tightness, but I did use one of the brown wooden film holders to make the test shot.

Please let me know if you have any questions about this camera. I'm just so excited about it. Yay!

Camera size - 8" x 7" x 5"
Camera weight - 1 lb, 8 oz.

**This item ships via USPS First Class Mail outside of the United States.

Perfection Sr. 4x5 Box Camera

Overview

  • Vintage item from the 1910s
  • Materials: wood, glass, metal, leatherette, camera
  • Feedback: 274 reviews
  • Ships worldwide from Indiana, United States
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