R. B. Auto Graflex - Antique and Vintage Cameras

R. B. Auto Graflex

Improved model

c. 1916

Eastman Kodak Co (Folmer Schwing Division)

Rochester

USA

Image of R. B. Auto Graflex

Lens:
f4.5, 7 " Ross Xpres, iris diaphragm to f32. Serial no. 93147 (c. 1919).

Shutter:
Focal-plane, speeds 1/10 - 1/1000, T. Multiple slit blind.

Format:
3 " x 4 " plates.

Focusing:
Bellows to 29" with Xpres. Double extension.

Attributes:
Reflex viewing through taking lens. Full-size ground glass screen.
Revolving back. Interchangeable lens panel. Drop-bed.

Movements:
Rising front.

Serial Number:
117338 (c. 1921) .

With:

  • f5.5, 13" Ross Teleros, iris diaphragm to f32. Lens panel, front and rear cap. Serial no. 103462 (c. 1922).
  • Dallmeyer Adon. Lens panel, lens hood and cap. Serial no. 108572 (c. 1926).
  • Graflex film pack adapter. Yellow filter for Xpres. "Graflex and Graphic Focal Plane Shutter Photography" Published by Eastman Kodak Co. Case.

One of the most popular Graflex cameras, the R.B. Auto was first produced in 1909 and continued in production until 1941. A major design change occurred around 1916 when the curved top was introduced (previously the body was box shaped). At this time the lid of the focusing hood was also hinged at the back rather the front.

References & Notes:
BJA 1923, p. 666.

Further Information:
Paine, Graflex Review, p.32.


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