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Old 4th February 2019
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Re: Thornton Pickard 5x4" half-plate view camera?

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Originally Posted by Naughty Nigel View Post
I am unable to provide any useful information I'm afraid, but I am fascinated by the transition from these massive British built cameras of the 1930's to German and Japanese 35 mm within a very short timescale.

How much of this change was shaped by world history I wonder?
These massive cameras weren't the norm in the 1930s, they were more routine prior to the release of 120 (& similar) films (around 1900), but still offered considerable advantages for those wanting top quality.
Things like the box brownie were much more common & considerably smaller. The move down to 35mm followed as the cameras/film became available.


I admit i'd like to get to play with my 5x4 (a monorail camera with more movements available, not as good looking as these ones), but the film cost nearing 100 a box compares very badly with digital!
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