N&G Folding Reflex - Antique and Vintage Cameras

N&G Folding Reflex


Newman & Guardia Ltd



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f4.5, 136 mm Ross Xpres, iris diaphragm to f32. Bayonet mount lens. Serial no. 109238 (c. 1926).

Focal-plane, speeds 1/10 - 1/800, B, T. Width of slit is varied by second blind to regulate exposure.

Leather covered metal and wood body.

2 " x 3 " plates held in double dark-slides.

Helical to 5 feet, 2.5 feet with close-up tube.

Reflex viewing through taking lens. Full-size ground glass screen. Magnifier in hood. The mirror trips and is raised by a spring, lowered by hand. Leaf springs near the focusing screen dampen the mirror action.
Revolving back, the inner frame of the back is removable to attach a changing box or roll-film back.

Version with rising front catch.

Rising front, tilting front.

Serial Number:
FR489 .


  • f5.5, 292 mm (11") Ross Teleros telephoto lens, iris diaphragm to f32. Focus to 13 feet. Serial no. 121677 (c. 1931).
  • Close focus tube for telephoto, range 18 - 10 feet.
  • Hooded focusing screen. 3 metal double dark-slides (1 - 6), aluminium body and sheaths. Film pack adapter.
  • Folding lens hood by N&G. K1, yellow filter, in case. K2, yellow filter, in case. Fitted case by N&G.
  • Single sheet instructions. Leaflet on the N&G Reflex, this shows only the f4.5 model. Issued by Robbins, Manistre. London Camera Exchange Co. Ltd, London, 2 Poultry, Cheapside.

The Folding Reflex was a very neat and elegant design. It was simple to set up and fold down, as the advertisements claimed. Pressing a catch on the folding bed collapses the focusing screen and mirror and releases the front standard which can then be pushed into the back of the camera. To erect the camera the front standard is pulled forward until it catches, the focusing screen is then raised by a lever on the side of the body.

The camera came in two models, the original (later called the Standard) with an f4.5 lens and, in early 1925, a model of slightly different dimensions fitted with an f2.9 or f3.5 lens, called the Special. The original was introduced in May 1921. Various standard lenses were offered as well as telephotos.

Some (? late) versions of the Standard have a catch fitted to the rising front which engages at the normal position. The price with 3 slides in 1922 was 55.0.0, this was later reduced.

A small number of cameras were made, or at least assembled, post-war around 1950.

The focal-plane shutter was not very rugged and today they often no longer work. Another problem is the catch which holds the focusing screen in place, this was prone to distortion (it is made of aluminium) and no longer works well.

References & Notes:
N&G Cameras. N&G Serial Numbers. Folding Reflex shutter. BP 158194/1919. BP 158601/1919. BJA 1922, p. 19. BJA 1923, p. 19. BJA 1924, p. 12. BJP 8/4/1921, p. 200 Full patent.

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