Wooden Camera Empire State No. 2 (1908)
The Kodak Empire State No. 2 is an example of an early Kodak field view camera. Kodak bought the Empire State Camera company in 1903, and maintained the camera names for a few years before rebranding. This particular model seems to have all original parts, and a Kodak branded lens.
The knobs at the front of the camera move the front lens board forward and backwards, as well as up and down. The lens board itself can be removed quickly with the simple twisting of two brass catches. The lens itself appears to be permanently attached to the lens board.
The three knobs on the right adjust, while the matching three knobs on the left lock in whatever the current setting is. Starting at the top, the controls are for forward/backward tilt (pitch), forward/backward travel on the rails (focus), and left/right tilt (yaw). The controls are all geared, which gives wonderful granular control over composition.