You Can Own Ansel Adams’ 4×5 View Camera

October 5, 2016

By Greg Scoblete

Photo history buffs sitting on a decent chunk of change can bid on a prized piece of photography gear: Ansel Adams’ 4 x 5 Arca-Swiss Monorail view camera–the only Ansel Adams camera ever put up for sale.

The camera is now up for bid at Heritage Auctions with a bid price of $35,000, though the auctioneer expects it to fetch between $70-100,000 when all is said and done.

The camera was used by Adams between 1964 and 1968 and was then gifted to his full-time assistant, Liliane de Cock, who later became an accomplished photographer in her own right. The de Cock family is putting the model up for auction.

The entire camera kit includes the camera, extra bag bellows, a Wollensak Raptar 13in. f/6.8 lens No. 971865 in Alphax shutter, a Ross Express 5in. f/4 lens No. 153041 in Ilex No.4 Acme Synchro shutter, a Kodak Ektar 203mm f/7.7 lens No. RE262 in Flash Supermatic Shutter, compendium lens hood, two Graflex graphic film pack adapters, Tiffen step up rings, Kodak Series VII to VIII step up ring, Kodak Series VII step-up ring 1 7/8″ to 47.5 mm, Wratten gelatin filters, Kodak No. 12 VIII glass filter, and dark cloth all in original fitted carrying and shipping case. Also included are a Majestic tripod and shutter speed test documentation.

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