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Deardorff 8X10 V8 Field Camera with 305mm F6.3 Ilex Lens + Holder


The ultimate 8X10 field camera. Compact folding, lightweight, amazing craftsmanship and hand-built in the US. This camera has been fully refurbished with many new parts, including brand new, high-tech bellows. It is paired with a superb lens, making this an ideal field or studio kit.


- Deardorff V8 8X10 field camera (with front swing)
- Ilex Caltar 305mm F6.3 lens
- 8X10 film holder (used, modern, tested light-tight)

Camera Features:

- Lightweight
- Compact folding
- Made of Honduran mahogany wood
- Front movements include rise/fall, micro rise/fall, swing and tilt (on/off axis)
- Rear movements include swing and tilt
- Brand new bellows
- Brand new KB Canham precision ground glass
- Many other new parts throughout
- Back can easily be mounted in vertical or horizontal position

Camera Condition:

This is a used, fully refurbished Deardorff camera (with front swings).
We have decided to leave the original finish as it is, but have replaced many parts, including the rear extension, rear extension tracks, top corner brackets, ground glass and bellows.
Bellows is brand new and made of a high-tech, lightweight, cut/water-proof ballistic nylon (and lined with organza silk). This is the best possible bellows material available for use and durability.
All metal surfaces have been cleaned where possible.
All camera movements, knobs, gears, tracks and latches are in good working condition.
Spring back is tight and works as it should (includes the rare leaf springs).
Ground glass has been upgraded to a brand new KB Canham precision unit.

Ilex Caltar 305mm F6.3:

The 305mm is a normal-angle of view lens on 8X10 (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. This lens has the distinction of being 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. This is a hidden gem, with excellent sharpness and contrast. Shutter is working as it should and fires nicely on all speeds (speeds sound correct to the ear). The lens is mounted in a genuine Deardorff lensboard.

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