What started with one accidentally purchased camera, and a thirst for information about it, grew into an “accidental” collection of three, and the reasonably comprehensive (albeit terribly designed and slow to load!) webpage above.
The nicest thing to happen from this was when the daughter of Curtis Riley (the inventor) emailed me out of the blue with some friendly tidbits of information.
Although a bit troublesome to use nowadays (Ilford still makes a 2 1/2 x 3 1/2″ sheet film (HP5) to special order – but you need to plan ahead), they are actually a really nice camera, with oodles of movements in the front standard and a satisfyingly machined rotating back. Better still, they are quite beautiful.
It’s still a dream to find one with the rail extensions… but for now, having reminded myself all about them, I should take one out for a spin. At the very least it will clear some HP5 out of the fridge.