Idento - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Idento

Improved model

1907

Adams & Co.

London

England

Image of Idento

Lens:
f6.3, 6 ½" Zeiss Patent Protar, manufactured by Ross. Iris diaphragm to f22. Combinable lens of two 11 ½" groups. Front lens group retained by clips for easy removal. Serial no. 12861 12870 .

Shutter:
Between-the-lens pivoted two-blade return, spring powered pneumatic regulation, speeds 1/2 - 1/100, T.

Construction:
Leather covered metal body, leather bellows.

Format:
4" x 5" plates.

Focusing:
Bellows to 2 yards, rack and pinion movement to rear part of body. Two focusing positions are provided, one is probably for use with an extension back and single lens component.

Attributes:
Adams Identoscope brilliant view-finder with automatic parallax correction coupled to rising front. Revolving lens panel.

Identification:
Lens panel released by a button on the front panel.

Movements:
Rising front.

Serial Number:
3194 .

Notes:
Address on camera, box and film pack adapter: Adams & Co. 26 Charing Cross Road. ( - 1908). Retailer's label in case: Westminster Photographic Exchange Ltd. 119 Victoria St. London S.W.1. (1917 - )

With:
Film pack adapter. Changing box for 12 plates, with sheaths. Serial no. 2275. Case.

Idento

Improved model

1907

Adams & Co.

London

England

Image of Idento

Lens:
f6.3, 6" Ross Homocentric, iris diaphragm to f22. Front lens group retained by clips for easy removal. Serial no. 68808 .

Shutter:
Between-the-lens pivoted two-blade return, spring powered pneumatic regulation, speeds 1/2 - 1/100, T.

Construction:
Leather covered metal body, leather bellows.

Format:
4" x 5" plates.

Focusing:
Bellows to 2 yards, rack and pinion movement to rear part of body. Two focusing positions are provided, one is probably for use with an extension back and single lens component.

Attributes:
Adams Identoscope brilliant view-finder with automatic parallax correction coupled to rising front. Revolving lens panel.

Identification:
Lens panel released by depressing a lever on the side of the front panel.

Movements:
Rising front.

Serial Number:
3209 .

Notes:
Address on camera: Adams & Co. 24 Charing Cross Road. (1908 - ). Address on film pack adapter: 122 Wigmore St. London. W. Address on case: 24 Charing Cross Rd. (stamped in leather) and 26 Charing Cross Rd. (on label).

With:
Film pack adapter. Case.

The Idento is a folding strut camera, introduced in 1905 in three sizes: quarter-plate; 4" x 5" and 3 ½" x 5 ½". A year or so later 3 ½" x 2 ½" and 6 ½" x 4 ¾" sizes were introduced. A stereo model (6 ¾" x 3 ¼") was also produced possibly as a special order.

In 1907 the shutter was altered, originally it was a two-blade sector type tensioned by a sliding bar under the lens, this was replaced by a two-blade return model with a rotating handle to the lower left of the front panel for tensioning.

The Idento continued to be advertised after World War I, but most sales must have been long before this.

The camera was commonly available with either a Ross Homocentric or Zeiss Protar lens. A focal-plane back was available as an accessory. Although the Protar was a combinable, the front group could only be used with an accessory back which provided the necessary extension. The price of the 4" x 5" was £19.18.6.

A model with a Unicum shutter and Aldis lens was advertised for a short time, also a Minimum Idento with a Compound shutter. Minor variations exist, on some models the lens panel is rotated by first pressing a small button on the front panel, on others a lever to the side of the front panel is used, similar to the Verto.

References & Notes:
BP 11670/1905 (finder). BJA 1906, pp. 312, 921. BJA 1907, p. 299. BJA 1908, p. 262. BJA 1909, p. 272. BJA 1910, p. 272. YBP 1906/07, pp. 112, 114.


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