Meyer Speed Camera - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Meyer Speed Camera

1924

A.O. Roth

London

England

Image of Meyer Speed Camera

Lens:
f2, 3 " Kino-Plasmat, iris diaphragm to f12.5. Serial no. 290761 .

Shutter:
Focal-plane, speeds 1/10 - 1/1000, B, T. Self-capping. Speed varied by width of slit.

Construction:
Leather covered body.

Format:
4.5 x 6 cm plates held in slides.

Focusing:
Helical to 20", scale to 1 yard.

Attributes:
Eye-level frame finder.

With:
Hooded focusing screen.

Around the mid to late 1920s several 'speed' cameras were produced, the most famous being the Ermanox. This camera was similar in specification to the Ermanox but much bulkier. It also sold in far fewer numbers. It was advertised by A.O. Roth in 1925 as being the Meyer Speed Camera. The following year a different camera was being offered with an Ermanox shaped body rather than the cube shape of this model. The "What's new" write-up in the British Journal Almanac states that the camera body and shutter were British made.

This example has a frame finder with cross sights which is stamped A.O. Roth London. The illustrations show a simpler wire finder. The camera body is not particularly well-made. At 38 compared to the Ermanox price of 27 its lack of popularity is understandable.

References & Notes:
BP 190302/1921 (shutter by A.E. Bettles). BJA 1925, pp. 331, 751. BJA 1926, p. 720.


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