Box camera ? Danbo checks out my 1937 Ansco B-2 Cadet box camera. I picked the camera up at a flea market this past Fall and it appears to be working. Both viewfinders are clear, the shutter actuates as designed and the film advance all seem to be just about perfect. I plan on running a roll of 120 film through it this weekend or next if the weather allows. I like this particular camera because of its true 6x9cm frame size and because it shoots 120 instead of 620 as many box cameras do. It has one shutter speed, about 1/50th and an aperture of around F11. It's my first box camera and for $4 I couldn't go wrong. It does lack a tripod socket but I'll add one a little later. My goal for using this camera is to get a dreamy, low-fi look with its meniscus lens similar to what I can get with my Holga 120 cameras.
Camera: Calumet 45NX 4x5 large format monorail view camera.
Lens: Fujinon-W 210mm F5.6 lens in a Copal B shutter. B+W brand yellow filter on lens as a first experiment with filters used with X-Ray film.
Film: Fuji Super HR-T 30 medium speed green sensitive X-Ray film. Purchased as 8x10" sheets and cut down to 4x5".
Lighting: Lit from above subject with the modeling lamp on full power in an Alien Bees B800 studio strobe placed in a 22" soft white-lined beauty dish with diffusion sock. To camera right was a second light made up of four 25 watt daylight balanced CFL bulbs in a four socket adapter placed on a light stand and aimed through a large home made diffuser constructed from pvc pipe and white bridal satin. I probably could have used a third light to camera left to fill in some of the shadows on the lower portion of the box camera.
Exposure: 1 minute and 13 seconds exposure @ F22 based upon an original reading of 4 seconds and compensated for reciprocity and bellows extension and filter factor.
Development: Self Developed film in Rodinal (Adox Adinol) 1:100 in three reel Paterson Universal Tank using Mod54 six sheet 4x5 insert. 6 minutes @ 20 degrees Celsius with minimal inversions. Tap water stop bath. Ilford Rapid Fixer. Photo-Flo. Hung on shower curtain to dry on film
Scanning: Negative scanned with Epson V600 in two scans and merged back together in PhotoShop since the V600 doesn't natively support 4x5 scans in one pass. Cropped to taste in Lightroom 4.