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Nagel, Fornidar 30, 9 X 12cm plate view camera, c1931

A Nagel Fornidar 30 plate camera that largely duplicates the specification of the Recomar 33 that was in the range at the same time. In fact they appear to share a good number of common parts. This duplication is probably the reason Kodak didn't continue with it after buying out Nagel, apparently preferring to go with the Recomar 33 instead. So what we have here is a rather short lived camera featuring rise/fall and cross movements on the lensboard and double extension bellows allowing one to one reproduction on the negative. Although technically a plate camera where the image is inspected for focus on a ground glass screen, the camera is fitted with both a wire frame finder and a waist level finder to allow use as a hand held view camera. The Fornidar is a well made camera which folds to surprisingly small proportions bearing in mind the 9x12cm plate size, this one comes with a Schneider Kreuznach lens allowing it to be dated to early 1932, making it one of the last Nagels.

This camera was rescued in 2005 in poor condition with extensive corrosion and damage and was put into the restoration queue. It went into the workshop in December 2007 and emerged after a fairly extensive conservation, repair and restoration process in mid January 2008. The camera is a good example of our pragmatic approach to our restoration policy and the process was documented for inclusion in the workshop pages.

Nagel, Fornidar 30, 9 X 12cm plate view camera, c1931

Body No. 84033
Shutter, Compur Serial 2385185, speeds T, B, 1, 2, 5, 10, 25, 50, 100 & 250th
Lens, Schneider Kreuznach Doppel Anastigmat Jsconar, 135mm f/4.5 No. 443750
Condition, 5F

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