Huge, Old Camera … WTF?

All I can say is … whoah! I will never complain about the size of full frame DSLRs again, heh …

Early on a bright spring morning in 1900 a large horse-drawn van arrived at the workshop of Chicago camera builder J. A. Anderson. His most recent construction, the world’s largest camera, was ready for delivery and it required 15 men to load it into the van. They took it to the Chicago & Alton Railway Station where it was laboriously transferred to a flat car and moved to Brighton Park, some 6 miles from the city. There, they carried the 900 lbs camera a quarter of a mile to a suitable location in an open field. Under the direction of the camera’s designer, George R Lawrence, it was set up and pointed at the brand-new train standing in the distance. The Alton Limited was the pride of the Chicago & Alton Railway and the company had commissioned Lawrence to make the largest photograph possible of it, sparing no expense. Lawrence obliged by designing and overseeing the construction of a camera that could utilize glass plates 8 x 4½ ft in size. On that day he made a successful photograph of the train and with it he also made photographic history

Via: TheOnlinePhotographer

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4 Comments

  1. dgarcia February 21, 2006 at 7:28 pm #

    Screw the camera – I want to see the photo/print that came off of that thing!

  2. Chris February 21, 2006 at 8:26 pm #

    And that is the *compact* ;O)

  3. Anonymous February 21, 2006 at 10:38 pm #

    Now that’s a big camera.

  4. Chris February 22, 2006 at 12:18 am #

    It’s not how big your equipment is, it’s what you do with it that counts

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