Natti - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Natti

1901

Adams & Co.

London

England

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Lens:
f8, 5" Ross Symmetrical, iris diaphragm to f45. Serial no. 58488 .

Shutter:
Single-blade guillotine with capping blade, speeds 1/2 - 1/100, T setting by short pressure on 1/2.

Construction:
Leather covered body.

Format:
8 plates or 12 films, 3 ¼" x 4 ¼" held in bag type changing box.

Focusing:
Bellows to 2 yards.

Attributes:
Brilliant view-finder.

Movements:
Rising front (landscape format only).

Serial Number:
3001 , (indistinct).

Notes:
Address: Adams & Co. 26 Charing Cross Rd. London. W.C.

Natti

Improved model

c. 1902

Adams & Co.

London

England

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Lens:
f6.3, 5" Zeiss Patent (Protar V11a). Combinable lens of 9" single elements. Serial no. 11500 11503 .

Shutter:
Single-blade guillotine with capping blade, speeds 1/2 - 1/100, T setting by short pressure on 1/2. Serial no. 378.

Construction:
Leather covered body.

Format:
8 plates or 12 films, 3 ¼" x 4 ¼" held in bag type changing box. A small lever lifts the plate which is then gripped by hand and moved to the rear of the box.

Focusing:
Bellows to 2 yards.

Attributes:
Brilliant view-finder. Two circular spirit levels. Removable lens/shutter. Counter on changing box. Plate or film setting on box.

Movements:
Rising front (landscape format only).

Serial Number:
3132 .

Notes:
Address: Adams & Co. 26 Charing Cross Rd. London. W.C.

The Natti was first announced in the 1899 BJA as being ready in 1899. The next announcement was in the 1901 BJA as being ready that year, this is probably the date production started. The Natti was similar to the earlier Vesta, but neither camera proved very successful. The Natti was updated to become the Nattia in 1905, but lasted only a further year or two. The Idento, a camera using side struts, replaced the Nattia and proved more of a success.

As well as the Zeiss lens the Natti was sold with an f8 Ross Symmetrical and a Rapid Rectilinear by B&L.

The first example here is an early model, fitted with the original changing box. Shortly after its introduction the box fitted to the two most expensive models (Zeiss or Ross lenses) was improved by fitting a short lever to raise the exposed plate into the bag, adding an exposure counter and having a film or plate selector. The original box continued to be fitted to the cheapest model in the range (fitted with a B&L Rapid Rectilinear lens). The first example also has a fold-out foot for the front panel which was later discontinued. The improved model was fitted with two fixed spirit levels, previously a single removable one was fitted to the side of the finder. Other minor differences between models exist such as the script on the name plaque, .

The shutter was made removable so that it could be used on other cameras or an enlarger.

References & Notes:
BP 13019/1896. BJA 1899, p. 364. BJA 1901, p. 352. BJA 1902, p. 350. BJA 1903, p. 344. BJA 1905, pp. 321, 907A. Phot. Journal 1901, p. xix.

Illustrations:
Christie's Cat. 11/12/2002 lot 36. An improved model with serial number 3129.


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