Busch Pressman Model D
|With Honeywell Strobonar flash attached|
image by PhotoShop Guru (Image rights)
Busch of Chicago, USA designated its 4×5 press camera the Pressman Model D. While clearly inspired by the Graflex Speed Graphic, the Pressman models did not include a focal-plane shutter. Busch did offer a few innovations of its own, such as a revolving back; and the optional top-mounted "Busch Vue-Focus," which combined rangefinder focusing and parallax-compensated viewing in a single device.
Common lens options include a Wollensak Raptar f/4.7 135mm lens, or a Wollensak Optar f/4.7 135mm in a Graphex Synchromatic shutter. As these were "working" cameras, it is quite common to find examples today whose lenses and shutters have been exchanged by their past owners.
|Tan finish was available to special order (Image rights)|
|image by John-Henry Collinson (Image rights)|
- Busch 4x5 Pressman user manual at manualzz.com
- Busch Pressman Model D at Jo Lommen's Collecting and Repairing Press Cameras
- older model at Scott's Photographic Collection
- Busch D at Morris' Garage via Internet Archive: The Wayback Machine
- Bush Pressman on www.collection-appareils.fr by Sylvain Halgand (in French)