Focal-Plane Field Camera - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Focal-Plane Field Camera

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Lens:
f10, 12" Dallmeyer Rapid Landscape L.F. No. 2. Iris diaphragm to f45 with external pointer. Serial no. 67796 (c. 1906).

Shutter:
Focal-plane, speeds 1/200 - 1/1000. Speed varied by spring tension. Provision to change the slit width but not calibrated. Separate slit for focusing. For slow speeds the lens cap or a front-of-lens roller-blind would have been used.

Construction:
Mahogany, finger joints. Mauve square cornered bellows.

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

Focusing:
Bellows to 50". Two positions for front standard. Rack and pinion (diagonal cut) movement to inner frame.

Attributes:
Reversing back. Tripod socket. T.T.H. lens flange with patent start to thread.

Movements:
Limited rising front. Tilting back, tilting front.

With:
Focusing screen.

There is no makers name on this camera though there is some similarity with cameras by Perken Son & Rayment. The lens and shutter date the camera to the early 20th century. The camera body is of fiddle-back mahogany with very pronounced banding, the lens panel and focusing screen are of conventional mahogany. Field cameras permanently fitted with focal-plane shutters are not common.

The Rapid L.F. was a long-focus lens with a single group of elements.

References & Notes:
BP 3019/1892 (Lens flange thread).

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