Keni - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Keni

1903

Number 1

Adams & Co.

London

England

Image of Keni

Lens:
f6.5, 5.15" T.T.H. Cooke Series III, iris diaphragm to f32. Serial no. 6581 .

Shutter:
Sector, speeds 1/2 - 1/100. Spring powered, pneumatic control. Self-capping. Serial no. 566.

Construction:
Leather covered wood body.

Format:
3 ¼" x 4 ¼" plates.

Focusing:
Bellows, scale to 2 yards.

Attributes:
Two brilliant view-finders. Two spirit levels.

Movements:
Rise and cross front.

Serial Number:
2233 .

Notes:
Address: 26 Charing Cross Rd. London. W.C.

With:

  • Hooded focusing screen.
  • Bag type changing box, plates lifted by arm, with 12 plates, automatic counter. Serial no. 586.

The Keni is similar to the earlier Yale camera from Adams but accepts different types of film and plate holders. It was produced in 3 ¼" x 4 ¼" (model 1) and 5" x 4" (model 2) sizes. Originally an f6.5 Cooke lens was fitted. In c. 1904 the lens was changed to an f8 Rapid Rectilinear and a 'model 3' fitted with an f6.3 Goerz was introduced. Production ceased after a few years.

As well as a changing box the Keni could be fitted with double dark-slides, roll-holder, film pack adapter or Makenzie-Wishart holder.

References & Notes:
BJA 1903, p. 342. BJA 1905, p. 319. BJA 1907, p. 305.


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