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Manufactured in Etats-Unis from 1950 until after 1952.
Index of rarity in France : Rare (among non-specialized garage sales)
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Inventory number: 10494

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Busch Pressman model D


Traduction de Dan Fromm

Busch Pressman fitted with a Kodak Series VI lens hood and a 2-cell Graflite Junior flashgun

Press camera, direct competitor of Graflex’ Crown and Speed Graphics.

This camera made entirely of light alloy has exemplary build qualityLess well-known that the Graphics, the Busch Pressman offered an interesting alternative to them, with better finish and larger movementsThe back rotates, so the camera remains horizontal when shooting landscape and portrait formats.

The body, without lens, cost $US 105 in 1952.  A Graflite flashgun cost around $39.
Busch cameras were mentioned much less often than their competitors in American photography magazines of the ‘50sThe Pressman appeared a few times in Popular Photography in 1952.  Busch previously advertised the Vérascope F40, which it distributed in the United States.

Its Wollensak Raptar lens is a tessar type, 4 elements in 3 groups, a high quality lens and coated.  The Rapax shutter offers speeds from 1 second to 1/400th, synchronizes with M and X class flashes.

The camera was also offered with a 127/4.7 Ektar in Supermatic.

Busch Pressman, closed.

Rear view of the Busch Pressman, showing the cover that allows access to the ground glass.

Translator’s comments:  Busch Pressman cameras may be rare in France, but are relatively common on the United States.  Two sizes (2x3, Model C; 4x5, Model D) of Busch Pressman were sold by Busch and by Sears, Roebuck, a large and then very important department store, as Tower Press cameras

Busch Pressman model D

Busch Pressman model D

Busch Pressman model D

Busch Pressman model D

Busch Pressman model D

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