Presto - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Presto

1895

E.B. Koopman

New York

USA

Image of Presto

Lens:
c. 1 " meniscus, 3 apertures on wheel stop.

Shutter:
Sector type, single speed, plus B setting by holding camera on its side. Non capping.

Construction:
Blued nickel finish.

Format:
4, 1 " x 1 " plates held on a square core which is rotated by a knob on top of the camera to change plates.

Focusing:
Fixed.

With:
2 glass plates.

The Presto is a miniature camera taking either exposures on roll-film or glass plates. It was sold with both roll-film and plate inserts that could be interchanged. The use of plates could not have been very successful as the internal light baffles are not good. To re-set the shutter the camera is held upside down and the shutter released. As it is not self-capping there is a blank wheel-stop which is brought in front of the lens when re-setting the shutter. Early in its life it was used as a promotional gift. Film was advertised in lengths for either 25 or 50 exposures. In 1899 the price was 10/-. Designed by Herman Casler.

References & Notes:
BP 24157/1895. BJA 1899, p. 11.

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