Sibyl Vitesse - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Sibyl Vitesse

1927

Newman & Guardia Ltd

London

England

Image of Sibyl Vitesse

Lens:
f3.5, 112 mm Ross Xpres, iris diaphragm to f45. Serial no. 114650 (c.1929).

Shutter:
Two-blade pivoted return, spring powered, pneumatic regulation. Speeds 2 - 1/150, B, T. Self-capping.

Construction:
Leather covered metal body, leather bellows.

Format:
3 " x 2 " plates held in double dark-slides.

Focusing:
Bellows to 2 yards. The front standard engages the focusing frame in two positions, one for standard lenses the other for telephoto lenses. The focusing frame engages the bed in two positions, one for plates the other for changing boxes (this is the rear setting).

Attributes:
Folding reflecting view-finder with two spirit levels and rising front markings. Depth-of-field scale.

Movements:
Rising front, cross front.

Serial Number:
V127 .

Notes:
Address on camera: 17 & 18 Rathbone Place. London. W. (1909 - 1929).

With:
Hooded focusing screen. 3 double dark-slides. Film pack adapter.

Sibyl Vitesse

1927

Newman & Guardia Ltd

London

England

Image of Sibyl Vitesse

Lens:
f3.5, 112 mm Ross Xpres, iris diaphragm to f45. Serial no. 127146 (c.1933).

Shutter:
Two-blade pivoted return, spring powered, pneumatic regulation. Speeds 2 - 1/150, B, T. Self-capping.

Construction:
Leather covered metal body, leather bellows.

Format:
3 " x 2 " plates held in slides.

Focusing:
Bellows to 2 yards. The front standard engages the focusing frame in two positions, one for standard lenses the other for telephoto lenses. The focusing frame engages the bed in two positions, one for plates the other for changing boxes (this is the rear setting).

Attributes:
Folding reflecting view-finder with two spirit levels and rising front markings. Additional eye-level (lens/lens) view-finder. Depth-of-field scale.

Movements:
Rising front, cross front.

Serial Number:
V162 .

Notes:
Address on camera: 63 Newman St. London. (1929 - 1938). Retailer's label: Westminster Photographic Exchange Ltd. 24 Charing Cross Rd. London. WC2. (1933 -).

With:
Hooded focusing screen. 3 double dark-slides in N&G case. N&G case with retailer's label.

The Vitesse along with the Excelsior was an attempt to update the Sibyl by fitting faster lenses. Both cameras are uncommon and judging by serial numbers did not sell very well.

References & Notes:
N&G Cameras. N&G Serial Numbers. Sibyl shutter. BP 271330/1926 (J.A. Peacock. Covers shutter mechanism). BJA 1928, p. 11. BJA 1929, p. 12.


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