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Wista 45RF 4X5 all metal field camera with 135mm + 180mm lenses and holders


The Wista 45RF is essentially a Wista 45VX, but with one of the industries best rangefinder systems attached to the top of the camera. This camera was part of Wista's last production range. It is a fully featured, all metal camera, with an extra long bellows draw and a very stable/rigid platform. Includes front/rear swings, interchangeable bellows and the best fresnel/ground glass combo in the industry. All movements are smooth and precise. The camera folds up into a tiny package, which can carry the 135mm lens mounted inside while closed.


- Wista 45RF 4X5 field camera with a built in rangefinder
- Schneider Xenar 135mm F4.7
- Schneider Xenar 180mm F4.5
- 3 modern, used, light-tight tested film holders


- Front: shift, rise, tilt, swing
- Rear: tilt, swing
- Camera uses common and easy to find technika-style lens boards
- Interchangeable bellows
- Rotating back
- Built in viewing hood
- Ultra bright, high-precision ground glass/fresnel combo


This is a used, good working condition Wista 45RF 4X5 camera.
RF image and patch are clear and bright.
Viewfinder is clean and clear with good, visible frame lines.
Cosmetically, this camera is in good shape with normal signs of use.
Bellows is tested light-tight and in good working condition.
All camera movements, knobs, gears and latches are in good working condition.
Graflock/spring back tight and works perfectly.
Original Wista, ultra bright, high-precision fresnel/ground glass installed - clean and clear.
Holders are film tested and light-tight.


Schneider Xenar 135mm F4.7:

The 135mm is a moderate, wide/normal angle lens on 4X5, (equivalent to a 40mm lens on 35mm format cameras). This is a compact, coated lens with good performance all around. Glass is clean, shutter fires nicely on all speeds.

Schneider Xenar 180mm F4.5:

The 180mm is a slightly longer than "normal" lens on 4X5, (equivalent to a 65mm lens on 35mm format cameras). This Xenar lens is one of the fastest in its class, with an F4.5 max aperture setting. Very sharp, glass is clean, shutter fires nicely on all speeds.

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