Vaido - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Vaido

Model B

Adams & Co.

London

England

Image of Vaido

Lens:
f4.5, 7" Cooke Aviar Series II, iris diaphragm to f32. Serial no. 116373 .

Shutter:
Minex focal-plane, speeds 1/8 - 1/1000, B, T.

Construction:
Leather covered wood body, leather bellows.

Format:
2 " x 3 " plates.

Focusing:
Bellows to 27". Double extension. Three focusing scales.

Attributes:
Adams Identoscope brilliant view finder with automatic parallax correction coupled to rising front. Revolving back. Removable lens panel. Wide-angle rack. Wide-angle flap. Drop-bed.

Movements:
Rising front, tilting front.

Notes:
Address on camera and instructions: 122 Wigmore St. (1932 - 1944).

With:

  • Hooded focusing screen. 2 double dark-slides (7/8, 11/12).
  • Changing box for 12 plates. Bag type, the plate is raised by an arm. Red window.
  • Adams folding lens hood. Instruction book.

The Vaido was produced from 1909 to the start of World War II. Despite being on sale for so long it could not have sold in large numbers, judging by the number seen today. It was extremely expensive when compared to the Sanderson and Sinclair Una.

Two models were produced: Model A with a front shutter and Model B with a Minex focal-plane shutter. There are many minor variations between examples. As well as the normal finish of leather the Vaido was produced in a tropical version of polished teak. The original sizes were quarter-plate, 5" x 4", and half-plate, later in c. 1927 a 2 " x 3 " size was introduced. Around this time the Model A was dropped. The lens panel and dark-slides are interchangeable with other Adams cameras.

The lens fitted to this example is longer than normal, it is named on one of the focusing scales.

References & Notes:
BJA 1909, p. 276. BJA 1910, pp. 276, 714. BJA 1911, p. 280. BJA 1928, p. 109. BJA 1929, pp. 113, 325.


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