The Return Of The Deardorff

I’ve always wanted a Deardorff large format view camera. They really are beautiful wood and brass works of art that can be put to use to help you make your own beautiful works of photographic art. For the better part of a century, they were the standard bearer for all serious professional photographers–including Ansel, Yousef and Avedon–but the company closed up shop in 1988, leaving purchasers of Deardorff cameras to fight over the remaining cameras that appear on the secondary market. Until now. A new group of owners purchased the company in 2009, gained the rights to the Deardorff trademark in 2010, and now they’ve started production once again in their Tennessee factory. So if you’re in the market for a 4×5 or 8×10 view camera, you no longer have to search eBay and Craigslist in hopes of finding a vintage Deardorff; you can purchase a brand new camera straight from the company itself.

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