Burke & James Press Large Format Camera Set w/ Wollensak Raptar Lens and Rapax Shutter - Rare Original Case, Film Holders, Instructions

$328.50 $365.00

***Burke & James Press Large Format Camera Set***

Wollensak 162mm Raptar Series II Lens
and Wollensak Rapax 3 Shutter (T, B, to 1/200)

Please read the entire listing. Thank you.

*Includes Rare Original Case, (5) Film Holders,
Instructions, (2) Flash Bulbs, Spare Lens Board,
and Tiffen Aluminum Lens Shade.

Offered here is a rather hard to find Burke & James
Press (4x5) sheet film camera set from
the early 1950s. It includes its original
leather-covered and felt-lined wooden case with strap.

This wonderful camera is from the collection of well known
and award-winning photographer Ken Cobean
of Roswell, New Mexico. Mr. Cobean's images and works
were published in prominent magazines such as Life,
Time, and National Geographic from the 1950s
to the early 2000s.

I was able to acquire his collection of cameras from his family
estate recently and I'm happy to present this wonderful
camera here. Check out some of his other cameras and
lenses in my shop.

*I have personally inspected and tested every feature of the
camera short of using film. The ground glass focusing
screen has been reproduced and replaced and is
bright and clear (see pic 9).
The bellows are flexible and appear light-tight. The shutter
sounds accurate through all speeds and the Raptar Series II
lens is clear and bright with just a few specs of dust visible
and some dirt specs. I do see that one adjustment knob is
missing on the camera's left side. If you plan on shooting
film with this camera it may need some adjustments and tweaking
as I have not tested the camera with film.

The rare original case has done its job over the years and I've
gently refurbished the interior and exterior. The case is
solid and operates perfectly. What a great find.

My home is smoke and pet free.

Please check out the detailed images I've included
in this listing. Additional pictures are available upon request.
Please ask questions if you are not sure of something.

I mail daily and since this set weighs nearly 16 lbs it will
be shipped very well packaged so as to arrive to you
safely. It will be fully insured and tracked to your door.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out some
of the other cameras and lenses I have listed here in
this Etsy shop and at www.ccstudio2380.com


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