Sibyl De Luxe - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Sibyl De Luxe

1909

Newman & Guardia Ltd

London

England

Image of Sibyl De Luxe

Lens:
f6.3, 5" Zeiss Protar. Combinable lens, rear group gives f12.5, 10". Iris diaphragm to f45. Serial no. 110135 110136 (1909).

Shutter:
Two-blade pivoted return, spring powered, pneumatic regulation. Speeds 1 - 1/100, T. The T setting is achieved by a short depress when set to 1/2. Self-capping.

Construction:
Leather covered metal body with leather bellows.

Format:
3 " x 4 " plates held in single metal slides.

Focusing:
Bellows, double extension, scale to 1 yard with combined lens, 2 yards with rear group. The front standard has different positions for use with plates or film packs and also for combined or rear lens. Two focusing scales.

Attributes:
Direct-vision view-finder (lens/post) with rear mirror for waist-level use giving an upside down image. Automatic compensation for rising front. Two spirit levels. Depth-of-field scale. Attached tripod screw.

Identification:
Early model with eye-level view-finder.

Movements:
Rise and cross front.

Serial Number:
D109 .

Notes:
The lens is marked as 10" on the diaphragm, around the lens the length is given as 224 mm (8 "), adverts give the length as 9".

With:

  • Hooded focusing screen. 5 single metal slides, in case.
  • Instructions, mauve covers. Case.

Sibyl De Luxe

1909

Newman & Guardia Ltd

London

England

Image of Sibyl De Luxe

Lens:
f6.3, 5" Zeiss Protar. Combinable lens, rear group gives f12.5, 220 mm. Iris diaphragm to f45. Serial no. 129471 129478 (1910).

Shutter:
Two-blade pivoted return, spring powered, pneumatic regulation. Speeds 1 - 1/100, T. The T setting is achieved by a short depress when set to 1/2. Self-capping.

Construction:
Leather covered metal body with leather bellows.

Format:
3 " x 4 " plates held in single metal slides.

Focusing:
Bellows, double extension, scale to 1 yard with combined lens, 2 yards with rear group. The front standard has different positions for use with plates or film packs and also for combined or rear lens. Two focusing scales. Focus with combined lens and double extension is 2 feet.

Attributes:
Reflecting view-finder. Two spirit levels. Depth-of-field scale. Attached tripod screw.

Identification:
Later model with reflecting view-finder.

Movements:
Rise and cross front.

Serial Number:
D151 .

Notes:
The lens is marked as 9" on the diaphragm, around the lens the length is given as 22 cm (8 ").

With:

  • Hooded focusing screen.
  • Film pack adapter.
  • Makers cardboard box (has serial number D193 written on it).
  • Tripod boards.

The De-Luxe is the only production Sibyl to be fitted with a combinable lens and to have double extension. The combinable Protar had proved a success on the Universal range of detective cameras, the Sibyl De-Luxe did not prove so popular, probably only around 100 being made.

The camera was fitted with horizontal as well as vertical rising front, to enable this a slim shutter was used with a very different mechanism to ordinary Sibyls. On the earliest models (first year) a direct-vision finder was fitted with a mirror at the rear for waist level use, later models had the usual Sibyl reflecting finder. The small image above shows the cam attached to the early model finder that causes it to tilt as the rising front is operated.

A roll-film version is advertised in 1912 and in c.1913 the camera was available with a Ross Convertible lens. The price in 1909 was 21.0.0.

References & Notes:
N&G Cameras. N&G Serial Numbers. Sibyl shutter. BJA 1910, pp. 80, 658. BJA 1911, p. 83. BJA 1912, p. 95. BJA 1913, p. 93. BJA 1914, p. 95. BJA 1915, p. 72. AP 13/07/09, p. viii. N&G Cat. c.1911, p. 30.


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