You can own Ansel Adam's 4 x 5 camera for $70,000 to $100,000

6 days 10 hours ago #635304 by Neil Dulay
Remember a few years ago this was news about his camera being sold?  Turns out it's your lucky day, no one bought it for estimated $70,000 - $100,000


fineart.ha.com/itm/ansel-adams-arca-swis...2auction-description


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6 days 9 hours ago #635307 by Neil Dulay
In case any of you need description

Ansel Adams' Arca-Swiss 4x5 View Camera Outfit used from 1964 to 1968
Comprising a 4x5 Arca-Swiss monorail camera, extra bag bellows, a Wollensak Raptar 13in. f/6.8 lens No. 971865 in Alphax shutter, a Ross Express 5in. f/4 lens No. 153041 in Ilex No.4 Acme Synchro shutter, a Kodak Ektar 203mm f/7.7 lens No. RE262 in Flash Supermatic Shutter, compendium lens hood, two Graflex graphic film pack adapters, Tiffen step up rings, Kodak Series VII to VIII step up ring, Kodak Series VII step-up ring 1 7/8" to 47.5 mm, Wratten gelatin filters, Kodak No. 12 VIII glass filter, and dark cloth all in original fitted carrying and shipping case. Together with a Majestic tripod and shutter speed test documentation.


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6 days 3 hours ago #635324 by Uplander
Nice piece of history, but for that sort of cash, I would have to pass.  


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5 days 19 hours ago #635387 by Stanly
Well, that just needs to stick around in a museum if you want me 2 cents on it.  The value isn't set by the equipment so much, it's a piece of history, an instrument used by one of the all time greats.  

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5 days 11 hours ago #635423 by Adam S
+1 this needs to go in a museum.  


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5 days 5 hours ago #635450 by Steve Zahra
Yeah, I suspect that will sit there for a while, and sooner or later, it will either be donated to a museum or someone will pick it up for display in museum.  


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4 days 10 hours ago #635596 by fmw
I attended one of Adams' workshops back in the 60's.  He took us into the field two days.  One day he carried a wooden 4X5 field camera.  I don't know the brand or model. The second day he carried a hasselblad 6x6.  He said in his younger days he often carried an 8X10 Deardorf into the field.  I agreed that it was a young man's camera outside of a studio.  I was 20 years old at the time and I wouldn't want to haul one of those around.  He didn't mention an Arca Swiss monorail but it is certainly possible that he used one.


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3 days 15 hours ago #635711 by Neil Dulay
I know right?  P-R-I-C-E-Y!


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3 days 15 hours ago #635712 by Neil Dulay

fmw wrote: I attended one of Adams' workshops back in the 60's.  He took us into the field two days.  One day he carried a wooden 4X5 field camera.  I don't know the brand or model. The second day he carried a hasselblad 6x6.  He said in his younger days he often carried an 8X10 Deardorf into the field.  I agreed that it was a young man's camera outside of a studio.  I was 20 years old at the time and I wouldn't want to haul one of those around.  He didn't mention an Arca Swiss monorail but it is certainly possible that he used one.


Whooah!  So cool, that would have been such a treat to go out with this guy!


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3 days 11 hours ago #635730 by fmw
It was an honor.  But even better was watching him in the darkroom.  He was a fine photographer.  He was a genius magician on the enlarger.  He could add drama in spades to an otherwise ordinary capture.  It was a really good workshop.


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1 day 17 hours ago #635954 by Raymond Z
Toss this in a museum.  Speaking of which, what is the largest photography related museum?  Or what museum has the largest photography exhibit?  That's where this should be placed at.  That way, not one persons private collection keeps this from the rest of the world.  


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