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Eastman Interchangeable View (1886 - 1890)

This camera was made in 12 different plate sizes, ranging from 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inch to 20 x 24 inches.

It is a rare instrument. The total production is only 404. The larger sizes are the rarest. The camera in the video is the 5 x8 inch model. Of this one 75 were made in 1887.

The Eastman Interchangeable View was not a cheap camera. Without lens and shutter the smallest model cost $ 26. The largest one had a price tag of $ 100, without lens and shutter.

 The 5 x8 model in the video would have cost:

 Camera, case and 1 holder  34.00
 Beck Autograph Rectilinear lens  35.00
 Laverne between the lens shutter  30.00
 2 extra plate holders  3.20
 Tripod  3.50
 Black cloth  1.00
 Complete outfit  106.70

Like all the similar field cameras of the day, the lens panel could move up and down. The back part had tilt and swing movements. The Eastman Interchangeable View is a plate camera, but it also could be fitted with an Eastman Roll Holder containing a roll of flexible film.

Graph of all sizes, numbers produced and date on which Eastman ordered the cameras from his camera building company. Data from the Victor Moyes list of 1921.

Eastman Interchangeable View with Eastman Roll Holder attaches to the back.