|Seneca Competitor View 5x7|
image by Scott -- (Image rights)
|image by Colin J Clarke (Image rights)|
The Competitor View is a view camera made by Seneca from about 1907-25, It was made in three sizes, for 5x7, 6½x8½ and 8x10 inch. It is wooden bodied (McKeown states that it was available in cherry or another pale wood; Karen Nakamura at Photoethnography states that her example is in a light-coloured mahogany wood.). Photoethnography also states that the camera was first made with brass fittings, and only rise (i.e. no sideways shift) on the front standard. Later cameras have nickel-plated brass fittings, as well as shift. All the cameras have tilt and swing at the rear. The camera has rack-and-pinion focusing (moving the rear standard). It has a reversing back.
It may be seen with a Rapid Rectilinear lens or triple convertible lens, and Seneca's own Uno, Duo or Autic shutter. Both the example at Photoethnography and that at David Photography have a Wollensak Gammax No. 2, though it is not certain this is the original lens these cameras were sold with.
|back swing and front shift scanned by Uwe Kulick (Image rights)|
- McKeown, James M. and Joan C. McKeown's Price Guide to Antique and Classic Cameras, 12th Edition, 2005-2006. USA, Centennial Photo Service, 2004. ISBN 0-931838-40-1 (hardcover). ISBN 0-931838-41-X (softcover). p886.
- 5x7-inch Competitor View at Karen Nakamura's Photoethnography.
- 5x7-inch Competitor View at David K Hoyt's David Photographic.