As the great camera manufacturers cut back or even close down their film camera production, there are opportunities in the market for small operations. One such is a partnership called Svedovsky, run by two carpenters in Poland. They make a 10×8 field camera plus a wide-angle variant of it, and that’s about the whole operation. It appears to be a very nice product.
Svedovsky 8×10 is my latest large format camera concept, created with a help of my associate Paweł Osiński. Together we have been managing a carpentry company for fifteen years in artistic carpentry.
I have been a photographer for a good part of my life. What I missed about many view cameras available on the market was stability of used materials. For this reason I have decided to create a real working horse, a camera durable enough to stand years of usage under changing conditions and in difficult photographic situations. Svedovsky 8×10 is designed using only the best materials.
The website, at svedovsky.com, shows the camera in all its extensions and movements and reveals it as a beautifully crafted tool for the large format photographer. It’s made out of mahogany, titanium and steel and is built to last.
According to the review by Hubert Banaszkiewicz (admittedly on the Svedovsky website), the camera is fast to set up, stable in a wind, has a very clear focussing screen, and precise focussing.
The Svedovsky sells for US$1800, which will be roughly AU$2500 including GST. That’s without a lens, of course.