I’ve been invoved in classic camera repair, collecting, rehabilitation, and usage for about eleven years now.  I’ve been a semi-professional woodworker even longer.  After becoming interested in large format photography with the acquisition of a Seneca Competitor 5×7 wood field camera, I began repairing and refinishing these lovely instruments as well, combining my love of photography and woodworking.  Due to need, I began constructing traditional three-piece lensboards for the Seneca, and after several inquiries, began to offer them for sale.

You can email me at smpsweeps@yahoo.com.

[EDIT] Please note, this blog is unaffiliated with Maine-based panoramic landscape photographer, Scott Perry, whose website can be found here.


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  1. How did I miss this by just a few hours. Anyway if you get another WP camera in similar condition please e-mail me.
    -8×10 Anthony with on studio stand
    -WP/5×7 Anthony Normandie missing WP back.

  2. I am glad to find this resource. I have a Butcher & Sons National half plate camera that I thought I was going to (read: was capable of) convert to film holders, modern tripod mount, etc. decided to just sell it on as it’s too nice to modify, then found in the course of packing and photographing, that some of the fittings had reached the end of their useful life. Imagine: these things are only good for about 100 years of use. So it’s not longer saleable as planned but your ideas here — the Asanuma is very similar — may get it back in service, whether or not I sell it. This ‘un has a rotating back, light-tight bellows and is in generally good condition, as far as finish and wear goes.

    The threaded inserts in the front standard have been screwed down so tightly at some point as to split the wood allow one of them to work loose. I have put it back together with liberal amounts of cyanoacrylate but I don’t think it will work in the field. So rebuilding seems necessary and if I’m going that far, I may as well rework the front standard for swings, as an update.

    The lens boards are two-piece interlocking ones, new to me. And pretty small as well.

    Anyway, thanks for posting your work: it’s a big help.

  3. I didn’t see (or understand) the mention of 3-piece lens boards. The Butcher National I have uses a two piece system where they interlock/slide together and then slide into the front, for a completely light-tight experience. Not keen on replicating one of these as the joinery is exceedingly fine: I can only imagine the elegant jigs they used to make these things, to say nothing of the dangerously sharp tools they must have used. The camera itself is like a course on fine woodworking, as I suppose many of the period are.

  4. Wow I am really impressed by your work on that Automat! Amazing. I have a Rolleiflex T with slow shutter speeds that stick a little bit. Do you provide service on that?
    Thank you.

  5. I’ve just started looking through your website, mostly because I have a new(to me) Crown Graphic 4×5. Looking for inspiration in this new format. You’ve got some great shots on here by the way.
    Question for you, What do you scan with? It might be in your blog somewhere but I haven’t had alot of time to look yet, so I thought I would ask.
    Thanks for any info and I look forward to reading more from your blog.

    • Thanks for reading, Doug. I scan with an Epson 4990. It’s old, but does a good job (Newton rings notwithstanding). Has a nice 4×5 holder, scans up to 8×10, and when I was shooting 10×12, I could scan in two passes and stitch the images in CS5.


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