I. h. 8x10
I. q. 8x8
feature of excursor cameras is the simple structure that results
in easy functionality, extreme light weight and small dimensions
when the camera is folded. This simplicity hides serious developments
of course, where I considered the inevitable movements that
a camera mainly used for landscape photography should have.
Such movements are the raise and fall of front and the tilt
of both front and rear. Omitting other movements made it possible
to essentially decrease the size and the weight of the camera.
This caused the camera to be extremely robust as well. I also
put aside the rack that is used for focusing so often. When
using an excursor camera focusing is done by sliding manually.
This shouldn't make anyone unsure about the camera, since
this way focusing is extremely quick, yet very precise. The
manual sliding is done by means of the standards holding the
rear. The limit of this design is that the photographer will
lack using extreme wide angle lenses.
The cameras trademarked excursor I. can be used with a removable
back, which might be turned to switch between horizontal and
vertical format. Two types of backs might be order for the
camera. In case of type 1 the ground glass has to be removed
before inserting the film holder. Back type 2 is spring back
system, which has an arm to lift the ground glass to insert
the film holder. For this type of camera, considering its
simplicity, ordering the more simple back, that is type 1,
is recommended. Camera excursor I. might be ordered presently
in the following sizes: 4x5, 5x7, 6.5x8.5 (whole plate), 8x10
"h" in the trademark refers to horizontal or landscape
format. Since excursor cameras are aimed mainly landscape
photography that most often requires horizontal format, a
further modification of the camera towards being simpler is
reasonable. This is how the rear of the camera became rectangle
shaped instead of the usual square shape that resulted in
a further decrease in size and weight. Thus there is no need
for removable and turntable back, which might be built together
with the rear. Due to this concept the size of a folded camera
is much smaller than a camera with
a turntable back, so it takes essentially less room when folded.
The size of an 8x10 inch version is similar to a size of a
laptop, being much lighter than that. The back built together
with the rear is always type 1, it is not possible to make
it spring back.
Excursor I. h. camera might be ordered presently in 5x7, 6.5x8.5
and 8x10 inch sizes, however the camera might made in custom
sizes as well, such as the different panoramic formats.
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letter "q" refers to square format. Such a camera
with an argentum square film holder is a unique edition.
Many photographers prefer square format, however there is
not much possibility to take square shaped photos in large
format. This problem is solved by this type.
The design of the back is similar to the construction of the
horizontal version that is, built together with the body and
it is type 1.
Excursor I. q. camera is made in 8x8 inch size, and can be
used only with argentum square double wooden film holders.
Custom size also might be ordered along with the belonging
information about excursor cameras is available downloading
the pdf format brochure under the menu "catalogues",
or please, contact me through e-mail, and I will be happy to
answer your questions.