Rouch Long & Short Focus - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Rouch Long & Short Focus

1885

W.W. Rouch & Co.

London

England

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Lens:
f8, c. 15" Rouch Instantaneous Doublet, iris diaphragm to f44. Marked 10 x 8. Serial no. 7114 .

Shutter:
None.

Construction:
Spanish mahogany, dovetail joints, leather square cornered bellows.

Format:
10" x 8" plates held in double dark-slides.

Focusing:
Bellows. Double extension. Two positions for front standard.

Movements:
Rising front, cross front. Tilting front, tilting back, swing back.

Notes:
Address on lens: 180 Strand. (1863 - 1894).

With:
3 double dark-slides. Lens cap.

The front and rear standards carry removable frames holding the lens and focusing screen respectively. The frames are square and can be reversed to switch between landscape or portrait, rotating the front frame changes the rising front movement into a cross front or provides stereo separation. In normal use focusing was by moving the front standard. The frames could be also be interchanged; putting the lens-frame on the rear standard allowed wide-angle lenses to be used without baseboard cut-off. Rising front is provided by moving the lens panel between grooves on the front frame, pleated leather attaches the panel to the frame. Very long bellows extension is provided suitable for copying.

The camera is very clumsy to use and not very steady. It was on sale until the introduction of the Improved Patent Portable in 1892. Produced in sizes from half-plate to 12" x 10".

References & Notes:
BP 5938/1885. BJA 1888, p. 707. YBP 1887, p. xliv.


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