Competitor View

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The Competitor View is a view camera made by Seneca from about 1907-25,[1] 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;[1] Karen Nakamura at Photoethnography states that her example is in a light-coloured mahogany wood.[2]). 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[3] have a Wollensak Gammax No. 2, though it is not certain this is the original lens these cameras were sold with.


  1. 1.0 1.1 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.
  2. 5x7-inch Competitor View at Karen Nakamura's Photoethnography.
  3. 5x7-inch Competitor View at David K Hoyt's David Photographic (archived).