Single-Lens Stereo - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Single-Lens Stereo Camera

c. 1860

Negretti & Zambra



Image of Single-Lens Stereo Camera

c. f12, 4 " landscape lens, washer stops.


Polished mahogany body, screwed and dovetailed joints.

For wet or dry collodion plates held in slides.

Sliding box and sliding lens, to c. 4 feet.

To operate, the rear portion of the camera is pulled out and locked, focusing is by sliding the lens. Probably used on a rail.

Rising front.

Address on plaque: Negretti & Zambra 107 Holborn Hill. 1 Hatton Garden and Cornhill (c. 1859 - 1861).

Focusing screen. Lens cap.

This camera was made to slide along a rail or fit onto a holder to control movement between exposures. The workmanship of the camera is typical of Ottewill who is probably the maker. Although the name plaque has 'Patentee' written on it no patent was granted to Negretti & Zambra relating to cameras. A patent issued to both in December 1859 is for a stereoscope, this is probably the patent referred to.

Further Information:
Information on the Wet Collodion Process.

Company Details:

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