Compiled by Q.-Tuan Luong for
the Large Format Page
Arca-Swiss: Field, Studio and R-line technical cameras. Also tripod
heads. Temporary website with many PDFs available for
In the US, Rod Klukas is the
Representative/distributor(Tempe, AZ. 480-755-3364.) Email:
wooden monorail field camera kits that you assemble yourself.
monorail cameras and many accessories, has acquired Zone VI
studios, which manufactures wood field cameras.
Cambo: monorail cameras
Canham: wood and metal field cameras. +1(480)964-8624
- Ebony: large choice of premium wood field cameras in several sizes and models
- Fotoman Camera: "point and shoot" LF cameras designed for hand-held use, similar to the Linhof Technar.
wood field cameras since 1885
- GranView Camera
4 x 5 and 8 x 10 wide angle camera hand-holdable with helical
- Horseman: field and
Linhof: field and monorail
In the US, inquiries
be directed to Bob Salomon (email@example.com)
- Lotus: Austrian
- Peter Gowland: Hand held 4x5, 5x7 & 8x10 twin lens cameras as well as many other rare cameras and products.
There is also plenty of Peter's glamour work from the past and present
to look at.
- R. H. Phillips & Sons: lightweight field cameras.
2283 Old Pine Trail
Midland, MI 48642-8840, USA
- Silvestri: specialty cameras
- Sinar: monorail cameras
Tachihara Professional Camera Works LTD. 3-17-8, Toshima, Kita-ku, Tokyo 114, Japan.
Midwest Photo or Badger Graphics can handle most
requests about these wood field cameras.
monorails, the site is in Japanese but you can always look at the
pictures of the cameras. The US importer is Badger Graphics.
- Toyo: metal field and
Wehman Camera: a homemade 8x10 field camera
- Wisner: wood field
cameras. Warning: several people have complained about delays in
getting cameras which have been fully paid for.
wood and metal field cameras
Lenses - vendors information - compiled by Oren Grad
(Current LF and "digital" lenses) http://www.linos.de/pdf/en/prod/rodenstock_photo_optics_e.pdf
(Current LF lenses) http://www.schneideroptics.com/photography/large_format_lenses/
(Current "digital" lenses) http://www.schneideroptics.com/photography/digital_photography/
(Discontinued lenses) http://www.schneideroptics.com/info/vintage_lens_data/large_format_lenses/
(Schneider Apo-Helvetar for Alpa 12 cameras) http://www.alpa.ch/alpa/helvetar.htm
(Current LF lenses) http://www.thalmann.com/largeformat/mar-1997.htm
On this page Kerry Thalmann has kindly provided scans of specification tables from a Fujinon lens brochure dated March 1997. For non-Japanese readers, these are easier to read than the tables on the Fujifilm site in Japan. I have reviewed the Japanese web site today and verified that Kerry's scanned tables are still up-to-date for the current product line.
(Current LF lenses) http://www.europe-nikon.com/category.aspx?countryid=20&languageid=22&catId=149
This link leads to the Nikkor-W page; there are links to the other lens series on the left side of the page.
(Current LF and "digital" lenses) http://www.calumetphoto.com
No direct link - need to go to Calumet home page and enter "Caltar" into search engine in upper right corner,
then click on individual product links.
Caltar II-N lenses are Apo-Sironar-Ns and Grandagon-Ns; Caltar II-E lenses are Geronars.
Caltar-D (digital) lenses are listed without specifications, but the focal lengths offered appear to match the Schneider Digitars.
(Current LF and "digital" lenses) http://www.sinar.ch/down/sup/prka_objekt_e.pdf
Sinaron LF lenses are Apo-Sironar-N, Apo-Sironar-S, Apo-Grandagon, Grandagon-N, Apo-Ronar and Apo-Macro-Sironar lenses made by Rodenstock. By specifications, the Sinaron Digital lenses appear to be a mix of Rodenstock- and Schneider-sourced lenses.
(Current LF lenses) http://www.cosmonet.org/congo/spec_e.htm
(Current LF lenses) http://www.bromwellmarketing.com/lenses.htm
Comparing specifications, Osaka lenses appear to be mostly Congo lenses, except for the 150 and 210 6-element lenses. The specifications for these two lenses appear to match those for the corresponding Wistar W lenses, a series offered by Wista only in Japan, and which I've never seen in the US.
(Convertible plasmat) http://www.wisner.com/Page14.html
(120 and 210 compact lenses offered with Flight 4x5 model; minimal info; also made by Congo?) http://www.wisner.com/flight.htm
(Links to pages for both XVa Triple Convertible and PS945 Portrait from home page - scroll down) http://www.cookeoptics.com/
custom wooden filmholders and contact printing frames, repairs of
cameras and film holders.
Essentials: makers of the Harrison film changing tents
pro photography lighting equipment and
accessories: lights, reflectors, diffusers, stands, equipment cases and an on-line photo school!
Innovations: BTZS Focus cloth, film tubes, and software.
- Cress Photo - Flashbulb
Manufacturer of photographic flashbulbs for high speed
photography, large format and special effects.
- Sync cords:
Manufacturer of heavy duty "Sync Cords"
- Kinesis Photo Gear:
Manufacturer of a complete modular belt system for photographers.
Includes special pouches for medium and large formats. Special bean bag/sand bag product
available as a tripod ballast. Other accessories include modular pack for carrying tripod on your
- Better Light:
- Phase One:
- Mega Vision:
- Edwards Engineered
equipment for platinium printing
- Stabitech (formerly
known as Stabilix), makers of the Bosscreen in the Netherlands.
- Beattie Intenscreen:
bright focussing screen.
- Satin Snow Ground
Glass: affordable brighter and finer grained glasses than traditional sand
- Photobackpacker: Cases - Large format lens and camera cases for backpacking and general equipment protection.
Alan W. Brubaker
and new wooden filmholders and restoration of cameras.
2800 Riverside Blvd
Sacramento CA 95818
firstname.lastname@example.org (916)441-5841. machine work.
- Lotus View Camera:
Refurnishing and repair of vintage and modern large-format-cameras
and wooden cameras. Adapter lensboards (wood and metal) for multiple use of your lenses and
special lensboards. Mounting of classic and modern lenses in classic and modern shutters. Service
and repair for vintage shutters Copy boards for print-out-paper in all sizes. Equipment and
accessories for the large and superlarge format photographer.
Steve K Grimes:
Large Format Lens and Shutter
services, including repair and complex machine work.
Steve Grimes himself passed away a couple of years ago, but the business
continues to be operated by the machinists he has trained. Feedback continues
to be positive (although I have reservations about my own experience).
Flutot's Camera Repair:
Said to be reliable, and more affordable than SKG, especially for simpler jobs
such as CLA.
used to work for Sinar and now does Arca Swiss service work in North America. He works on all the brands, but not on wooden cameras.
S200 Glade Ave.
Spring Valley, Wisconsin 54767
Patrick Alt 1324 South Figueroa #101 LA, CA 90015, 213-784-3087:
an expert at repairing Deardorff cameras. Warning: several people have complained
about unreliable and/or unethical business practices.
- Craig Camera Manuals:
Stocks close to 10000 different booklets.
seems to be willing to trade a manual that you need in exchange for
loan of a manual he does not yet have, so that he can make copies!
Superior Archival MatsArtCare mats and computerized custom cutting.
Freestyle Photographic Supplies:
carries, among other things, a large inventory of new and cold-stored expired film at discount prices.
JaincoTech: company with
US (Ohio) and India (Mumbai) offices,
offers economical scans on Imacon 949 and Creo flatbed scanners.
I cannot list manually every retailer of large format equipment. See
reader contributed list of commercial resources for LF
photography. Just a few words about where to shop based on my own
In the US, the largest
New York mail-order stores (B&H and Adorama) are reliable, have a
large inventory, and competitive prices. They can ship anywhere in the
world. Calumet is more expensive but
offer better service.
(such as Photomark, The View Camera Store, Badger Graphics, and plenty
of others I haven't dealt with personally) carry
difficult-to-find items, and can sometimes offer significantly
lower prices than the large stores thanks to alternative supplying
There are also a number of used camera stores which stock
lots of LF equipment, and are your best bet to find old and/or inexpensive
lenses and cameras.
Last, don't forget to look overseas, for some
items, the savings can be dramatic, and the delivery as fast as from
within the US. Robert White in the UK is a
highly rated European dealer, and very easy to deal with. Christoph
in Germany can have better prices on some German-made items.
Several readers have had a good experience
with New Sankyo Camera Co in Hong Kong (email@example.com), however
the payment has to be made by wire transfer. The duty fees are less
than 5% and if you're lucky, you won't even be charged.