Did you know that you can still buy brand new large-format camera these days? A small company from Hungary called VDS Camera builds handcrafted, lightweight foldable cameras systems from specially selected material.
As of this writing, there are 4 products available on their website; 4×5; 5×7; 8×10; and a 16×20. All of which have an average weight ranging from 1.2 to 5.5 kg, depending on the size. Each are made out of specially selected wood, bellows, and metal part materials that make these collapsible cameras light enough to transport easily.
The cameras can be adjusted to suit portrait, landscape, stills, and architectural photography. But if by chance that it can’t, VDS Cameras will be happy to make a custom-sized camera to fit your needs. The only downside to this is that it takes 1 to 3 months delivery time. But hey, good things do take time, right?
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Prices are a bit steep, especially for those who are new to the craft, with the 4×5 listed at €900 while the largest has a tag of €3,800. But if you’re really into large format photography, these cameras are relatively cheap considering that it’s brand new, handmade, as well as the quality of images it produces.
Visit the official website of VDS Camera for more information.