Burke & James Grover 8X10 Monorail Camera with 305mm F6.3 Lens + Holder


This Burke & James camera was made in Chicago, IL, USA in the 60's and 70's. It is a combination of a wooden camera and a high-grade, aluminum hardware, flatbed camera.

The aluminum parts on this camera are said to last a lifetime. This camera has seen some use and some tarnish, but all of the metal fittings are in good working condition and will polish up beautifully (if someone ever wanted to). Some users remove the gun-metal grey paint to reveal and refinish the beautiful, American, white walnut wood underneath.

This camera has fully articulated movements and features, on both front and rear standards.


- Burke & James Grover 8X10 monorail camera
- Ilex Caltar 305mm F6.3
- One 8X10 film holder (used, wooden, tested light-tight)


- Front and rear movements include rise/fall, tilt, swing and shift
- Max bellows draw is 30 inches
- Back can easily be mounted in vertical or horizontal position

Camera Condition:

Camera is used and shows scuffs and marks throughout (no major issues to report, just regular signs of use).
Original red bellows shows use, but is flexible, tested light-tight and easily extends to max draw.
All knobs are present and lock down tightly as they should.
Original, gridded ground glass is generally clean and shows minor marks on the matte side.

Ilex Caltar 305mm F6.3:

- 305mm is a normal-angle of view lens on 8X10 cameras (similar to a 50mm lens on 35mm cameras)
- This is a more modern production of the venerable Kodak Commercial Ektar 12" F6.3 lens, (the design of which was bought by Ilex when Kodak pulled out of the lens-making business)
- One of the world's first CAD lenses ever made
- Utilizing modern glass coating and modern manufacturing capabilities, this lens is an improvement of the all-time classic Ektar lens
- Excellent sharpness and contrast
- Shutter is working as it should and fires nicely on all speeds (speeds sound correct to the ear)

Ask us about combining this purchase with any of our other large format lenses or film holders.