Talking about the Field Camera

Field camera is simply another name for a view camera.

Most of the time they employ a range of back and front normal movements featuring bellows to provide for disarticulation, and have interchangeable lens capability. The label is now used on any large-format camera ranging from about 10.2 12.7 cm (4 5 in) plus higher, encompassing what would have in earlier times been considered hand held cameras along with monorail and cameras with drop-baseboards.

Wista 8x10 Brass and Cherrywood Field Camera

Large Format Wista 8x10 DX Brass and Cherrywood Field Camera

Today's field cameras are inherited from early model interlocking box cameras going back to the 19th century. Instead of a wood box like the one used in cameras from the 19th century, newer versions exchange with bellows to slim down the cameras bulk allowing them to be used outside the studio easier.

Although they present less suppleness than monorail cameras, today's field cameras are apt to feature a majority of the camera travel for the normal front rise/fall/tilt/shift/swing of the lens although they usually have less back adjustments, some only featuring tilt/swing.

Sizes range from 6x9cm through 20x24 inches, although the most popular "normal" sizes remain 4x5 plus 8x10 inches. Large format photographers usually use these cameras who either require the move ability, or the bigger negative sizes. updated article Mar 7, 2011.

Field Camera Makers

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Classic Brands

  • Burke and James
  • Deardorff
  • Kodak

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