This camera is a directly
evolved from the Deardorff of 1938-49. It uses the same bed and front and
all metal parts. The rear frame was made a bit narrowed on the top to accomidate
the thickness of the front swing unit when the camera was folded up.
A subtype of
the 1950 V8 was the group of 300 cameras made for the U.S. Air Force
in 1952 . These were identical in every way to the regular V8s except they
only accepted Eastman style lens boards. 6x6 Square cornered with a 1/8
inch rabbit. This was a concession on Deardorffs part. The Air Force had
thousands of lenses on these boards that they did not want to change out.
The US Navy and Marines also recieved some of this order. All had a sand
cast bed plate.