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Friday, 18 September 2020


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Joe, do you happen to have a gallery where we could see some of the images you made with this camera? Great article!

"...If Mr. Nagaoka is able and willing to make a 5x7 comparable to his compact 4x5, I promise to put it to good use...I have zero doubt that a new Nagaoka 5x7 would be the epitome of a super-light-weight but practical 5x7 field camera...

In this post by Oren, he points out that Nagaoka-san's current camera production is based on the Phillips front standard design, so a new 5x7 wouldn't fold or necessarily weight the same as Joe's 4x5:


If you don't mind sharing, I would love to see some of your pictures!


Wonderful story! My 4x5 field camera was a Wisner Technical Field in cherry. At the time I recall some hassles getting the thing. Now, after reading all the horror stories from other people, I'm surprised and grateful I got it at all!

I don't have it anymore so I can't compare, but the folded picture of the Nagaoka suggests it is slimmer folded than my Wisner (so kudos to Mr. Nagaoka for the craftsmanship and design).

I have to laugh about the lens...for years, at a studio I worked at, we had a one million year old Carl Zeiss 250mm f/4.5, uncoated, in an old compound shutter (fuggedabout syncing with strobe), and I, and everyone else, used that thing from 1:1 macro-photography, all the way up to infinity, and I still look at the sheet film (including 8 X 10 at 1:1), and I can't believe how sharp it is!

It was my oversight, but I neglected to mention the focal length range that this 4x5 Nagaoka can accommodate.

75mm is the shortest ultra-wide-angle lens that works easily with a standard flat Technika lens board. The 75mm pictured above is a modern Fujinon SW 75mm/f8, equivalent to a 21mm lens on full-frame.

The longest usable lens is the 305mm/f9 G-Claron pictured above. It's roughly a full-frame e-85mm. The older Schneider 305mm/f9 Repro-Claron is just as sharp and somewhat smaller and lighter, a plus for a light wooden field camera.

Good craftsmanship NEVER goes out of style.

Well, Joe might want to look at this eBay listing. It may not be the same version of the Dagor he owned, and the description and photos don't bode well. And I bet Joe has moved on to something more capable in that focal length.


I enjoyed using a 4x5 Nagaoka with a Fuji-L 210mm f5.6 Tessar-type lens for several years. Mine had the dual round knob releases for the front swing as shown in the previous post. Very nice for hiking into the mountains - just don't let the wind catch it!


Thank you for your treatise on LF experience. Although I've never used one, I remember how these were used by the school cameraman to take pictures of class groups year after year. The funny part was of course the way the photographer covered himself with a cloth before he took the shot.

Two #517 (or more?) is interesting. Since you bought new, that must be the real McCoy. Unless of course they reused the same number again, over and over - like 007.

Dan K.

Intrepid are now doing a 5x7, super lightweight like all their cameras https://intrepidcamera.co.uk/products/intrepid-5x7

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