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Conley Folding Camera, Model IX

The Conley Folding Camera, Model IX was manufactured by the Conley Camera Company of Rochester, Minnesota from approximately 1900 - 1916. This camera was designed similar to the model VII but with several advantages, mainly a reversible back with vertical swing, a longer bellows, brilliant hooded finder, rack and pinion focus movement and the inclusion of the Conley Safety Shutter.

This camera was available in both 4 x 5 and 5 x 7 size. The camera was constructed of solid mahogany wood, dovetailed, rounded corners with hand rubbed piano finish. It was covered in genuine walrus grain leather. The bellows were made of the best red Russian leather, gossamer lined. All metal parts were made of brass with nickel plating and highly polished. The lens was a high grade double symmetrical or Conley Rapid Orthographic and the shutter was an Conley Safety shutter with finger and pneumatic release. It utilized the Conley improved flexible valve plate holder, a reversible brilliant hooded view finder and two tripod sockets, and an adjustable all metal rising and falling front. The 4x5 camera measured closed 3 1/8 x 6 1/4 x 6 1/4 inches and the 5x7 size measured 3 3/4 x 8 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches.

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