Burke and James 8X10

Discussion in 'Large Format' started by khoa_nguyen|3, Dec 7, 2006.

  1. how much is a fair price for a Burke and James 8X10 , with no lens or film
    holder. Ok condition
  2. Khoa,

    One place to look for "valuations" of your gear might be the following:

    1. Jim at Midwest Photo http://www.mpex.com

    2. Jeff at Badger Graphics http://www.Badgergraphic.com

    3. Ebay - Here's an example (Item number: 290059969193) - It sold for $299 but it came
    with a 4x5 reducing back and is described as being in "very good condition."

    For what you're going to get for it... you might just as well keep it and go shoot some pics
    with it! Or, at least, that's what I'd do! :)

  3. Khoa,


    The ebay listing hasn't ended yet... it's still active! So, follow the auction and see what it
    sells for. Then, you can gauge the value of your camera in comparison to the one on the

    Sorry... my mistake. :)

  4. a couple of years ago i bought one for about 300$. it had the extension rail. i resold it eventually and got exactly what i paid for it (including shipping) ....

    make sure it has a lens board and the extension rail ...

    good luck!
  5. I picked one up a few weeks ago cheap, but it needs some work, however for the $120 I paid, it will be an interesting project. The bellows is in fine shape, the extension rail and removeable tripod mount are with the camera and it came with a 4x5 graflex back (no glass/unmounted), no lensboard and a whole bunch of expired film 10+ yrs old of Kodak E6 stuff. Should I even bother to test a sheet?

    I think I will tackle the job to refinish this camera after reading the below article of a B&J refinish.


    Some idiot covered the entire camera with gaffers tape years ago.

    No ground glass (purchased waiting to arrive)

    The two front standard adjustment screws are loose and the studs pull out, so cannot tighten. Question: Can you recommend best way to reattach? Epoxy? Take a hammer to the studs?

    I'm hesitant to strip the gray paint to expose the natural wood grain as then it becomes a refinish and not a restoration. On my antique bamboo fly rods, I would never do a refinish as it kills the value. Any opinions?
  6. I refinished mine after reading Kevin's article also. It's now a beauty. I don't feel I reduced
    the value, it was from the Air Force and covered in 3-4 layers of grey paint. But to my
    surprise, under it all is some beautiful wood. There's oak, and maple, and some cherry.
    Not all matched up, like a D'orff, but so what? I took my time stripping it, and used the citrus
    stripper. It works very well and causes one to take his time. Then when it was sanded and
    dried, I applied 4 coats of tung oil and reassembled. I used a drop of wood glue when I
    reinserted the screws. It's lovely. And very solid. Heavy and clunky, but lovely. A little
    steel wool on the focus rails finished it up. I'd say go for it, it's fun. As to your original
    query, I got mine for $300 with 2 reducing backs.
  7. i just got one for US$250. it's in very good condition - bellows too, but of course all covered in grey paint. i may restore it but am concerned about doing that while keeping the bellows intact. it is perfectly usable as it is.
    photo here - http://www.flickr.com/photos/hojucandy/3200955732/

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