When I use the term Press Camera I am using it to
indicate the various large and medium format folding cameras which
were popular with press photographers during the mid part of the
20th century. You’ve seen them in all sorts of old news footage and
hundreds movies set in the 1940s. The press camera is typically
depicted with a big flashbulb and used by a man in a fedora.
My Own Press Camera Use
In 2002 I purchased by first press camera, a Burke & James 4×5
Press, and fell in love with the style of camera. The Burke & James
was a nice simple press camera. I shot with it for a year and a
half until I broke its back on memorial day 2004. Instead of
looking for replacement parts to repair the B&J, I ended up
buying a 4×5 Anniversary Speed
Graphic to replace it.