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Agfa Ansco 8x10 wood field specs

VNC , Jul 25, 2000; 10:25 p.m.

Just wondering if anyone out there could give me some specs on Agfa Ansco wooden 8x10 cameras. More specifically, what are the movements? I'm primarily interested in table top work.


Thanks, Vinod


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Tony Brent , Jul 25, 2000; 11:35 p.m.

This site may help:



Sean Yates , Jul 25, 2000; 11:49 p.m.

Richard Knoppow <dickburk@ix.netcom.com>


Is the real source of info on these cameras. They were made for a loooong time and although the basic design didn't change, the materials, bellows draw, anmount of movement and which ones are present vary depending on model and vintage.


Basically, from a user standpoint, the C-1 or Commercial is the most desireable as it has the most movements and draw.


If you have seen a Calumet C-1 you have the general idea, except for materials and some specs. They were good enough for many commercial and fine art photographers including Ansel Adams, Wynn Bullock, and others I can't recal at the moment. E-mail Mr. Knoppow - he is a vertiable well-spring of photo arcana and a nice guy to boot!

Sean Yates , Jul 25, 2000; 11:50 p.m.

For some reason Richard's e-mail didn't take in the last mesage. Maybe it will here.



Sean Yates , Jul 25, 2000; 11:58 p.m.

p.s. I can e-mail jpg images if you need 'em

VNC , Jul 26, 2000; 06:14 a.m.

Thanks Sean! If it's not a major hassle I would like those jpegs. I am also considering Calumet C1s. While having very good movements, they look quite hideous and heavy to me.

JOSH , Jul 26, 2000; 03:57 p.m.

Other notable users of the C-1 are Brett & Cole Weston. I'd buy one in a seond if i had the $$-J

Steve Barth , Jul 26, 2000; 06:34 p.m.

I have an Agfa Ansco 8X10 Wood Bed Field camera and can list the movements. The front standard has geared rise, center axis tilt and lateral shift. The rear standard provides generous tilt ability and a very useful amount of swing. The bed has an integral extension rail. The extension rail allows the camera to expand to 30 inches. My copy weighs just under 13 lbs.


The only real drawback is that it doesn't fold up quite as compact as the clam shell design. The camera is quite stable for an 8X10 woodfield.

Dave Richhart , Jul 27, 2000; 04:38 a.m.

I have been using a vintage 8x10 Agfa-Ansco wooden field camera for almost a year. I agree with Steve, the movements are adequate for my landscape photography... and I also agree with Steve that it would be nice if it would fold into a more compact package. But I must say that it is a very solid and stable machine. It operates smoothly and locks down well, and is simple to use... -Dave

Brian Ellis , Jul 27, 2000; 08:21 a.m.

I have an Agfa Ansco 5x7 and I usually look at the 8x10s when they come up on e bay with a picture. As I think someone else said, there seem to be different models and I think you would have to know which model you're talking about in order to get specs. Some that I've seen don't appear to have front tilt, others seem to have a very short bellows. If you really want to get into some depth, there's a guy on e bay who always has a copy of the 8x10 repair manual for sale. I think they usually go for about $20. Since he obviously has a stock on hand, you probably could call him and buy one for a fixed price without going through the auction process.

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