Sanderson Tropical De Luxe - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Sanderson Tropical De Luxe

Houghtons Ltd

London

England

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Lens:
f6.3, 128 mm Zeiss Protar V11a. Comprising two, f12.5, 224 mm groups. Iris diaphragm to f45 for combined lens, f64 single group. Serial no. 68674 68673 (1904).

Shutter:
B&L Unicum, speeds 1 - 1/100, B, T. Focusing catch.

Construction:
Polished mahogany heavily brass bound. Brass fittings, black leather bellows.

Format:
3 " x 4 " plates held in double dark-slides.

Focusing:
Bellows to 2', scale to 5 feet. Double extension with additional extension by using the front panel struts.

Attributes:
Brilliant view-finder by Adams. Circular spirit level. Reversing back. Wide-angle flap. Wide-angle focusing rack. Drop-bed. Tallbody feature. Spring infinity catch. Removable hood to focusing screen. Removable lens panel.

Identification:
Type 1 front standard lock. Type 2 infinity catch. Lens panel retained by sliding plate. Rack and pinion rising front without lock. Early type front standard bolts. Type 2 handle to wide-angle rack. Type 2 back catches. Type 8 name plaque. "Patents" (slanted script).

Movements:
Rising front. Tilting front.

Serial Number:
9391 , c. 1905.

With:

  • 3 double dark-slides (1 - 6). Hooded focusing screen. Lens cap.
  • Watkins Bee meter. Early version with two comparison tints.

Sanderson Tropical De Luxe

Houghtons Ltd

London

England

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Lens:
f6.3, 6 " Goerz Pantar, iris diaphragm to f45. Combinable lens comprising two f12.5, 11 " groups, iris to f64. Serial no. 256503 256504 .

Shutter:
Compound speeds 1 - 1/200, B, T. 7 o'clock release.

Construction:
Polished mahogany heavily brass bound. Brass fittings, black leather bellows.

Format:
4" x 5" plates held in double dark-slides.

Focusing:
Bellows to 2' with combined lens, scale to 5 feet. Double extension with additional extension by using the front panel struts. Focus to 6 feet with front lens.

Attributes:
Brilliant view-finder by Adams. Circular spirit level. Reversing back. Wide-angle flap. Wide-angle focusing rack. Drop-bed. Tallbody feature. Bow spring infinity catch. Removable hood to focusing screen. Removable lens panel.

Identification:
Type 3 front standard lock. Type 3 infinity catch. Lens panel retained by sliding plate. Rack and pinion rising front with lock. Early type front standard bolts. Type 2 handle to wide-angle rack. Type 2 back catches. Single piece of brass on extension slide. Type 5 name plaque. "Patents".

Movements:
Rising front. Tilting front.

Serial Number:
18622 , c. 1910.

Notes:
Focus with telephoto attachment at 3x magnification is 6 feet to infinity, at infinity the bellows extension is 5 ", at 4x magnification focus is 30 feet to infinity, at infinity bellows extension is 8", at 6x magnification focus is at infinity, bellows extension is 12 ".

With:

  • Goerz VIa telephoto attachment. Scaled 3 - 8 magnification. 60 mm negative element for use with the combined Pantar. With lens hood. Serial no. 286829.
  • f18, 8.5 cm Protar Series V. Iris diaphragm to f45, separate scale showing aperture in mm. On panel. Serial no. 133432 (1910).
  • Focusing screen with removable hood. 3 double dark-slides (1 - 6).
  • Un-cut lens panel. Focusing cloth. Cable release.
  • Wratten K2 filter. In spring clamp fitting. In Wratten & Wainwright Ltd case. Wratten & Wainwright Monochromatic Viewing filter. Yellow/orange glass. In Wratten & Wainwright Ltd case.
  • Bee meter. Version with one comparison tint, no ridge.
  • Leather case.

The tropical version of the De Luxe was not greatly advertised and probably made to order rather than being a stocked item, early models were made of mahogany, later teak was used.

These two examples of the Tropical De Luxe are made of Spanish mahogany and heavily brass bound.

Advertisements for the Pantar lens explain that the thread is cut away in places to provide a quicker interchange. The Pantar is convertible consisting of two groups each of four elements, the groups may be similar or not.

The Wratten & Wainwright Viewing filter was introduced around 1912, it showed the scene as it would be reproduced on an orthochromatic plate.

The first example has the patented catch to secure the shutter in the open position while focusing. The shutter can remain on an instantaneous speed whilst using the catch to arrest the setting lever.

For a list of Sanderson models, versions and an explanation of features see Sanderson Notes.

References & Notes:
Sanderson Notes. BP 613/1895. BP 20860/1900. BP 20862/1900. BP 114/1901. BP 17408/1904. BP 19172/1900 (J.H.P. Walker, Focusing catch). BJA 1906, p.378. BJA 1905, p. 378. BJA 1913, p. 761. Filter.


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