Kalart Press Camera

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The Kalart Press Camera was made from 1948 to 1953 [1] by the Kalart Company in Stamford, Connecticut. It was designed by Edward K. Kaprelian.

Unusually it had two viewfinders with superimposed rangefinders so that you could use either eye. The f/4.5 127mm Wollensak lens came in a Rapax X-sync shutter.

The spring back took conventional double film holders for 3¼×4¼ inch exposures. With Kalart film holder a special mechanism helped to reduce film holder handling procedure faults. Another feature was its electric double exposure prevention circuit.

The folding bed camera had a double extension bellows, a front standart allowing lens shifts, and a tiltable folding bed.


  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). Page 454.