Improved Tourist Camera - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Improved Tourist Camera

c. 1895

Sands, Hunter & Co.

London

England

Image of Improved Tourist Camera

Lens:
f8, c. 8 " Rapid Rectilinear, iris diaphragm with external pointer to f64.

Shutter:
Kalos, speeds 1 - 1/100. Pneumatic and finger releases, fits on front of lens hood. Single-blade return, pneumatic regulation. Produced by Photo Ltd.

Construction:
Polished Spanish mahogany with aluminium and chrome fittings, black square cornered tapered leather bellows. Dovetail joints.

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

Focusing:
Bellows to 32". Double extension, rack and pinion movement to inner frame.

Attributes:
: Reversing back. Removable lens panel. Tripod socket.

Movements:
Rising front, tilting front, tilting back.

Notes:
Name plaque: Sands, Hunter & Co. 20 Cranbourn St. London W.C.

This camera is very similar to Shew's Medium which appeared around 1890 and is probably from the same manufacturer. This aluminium model would have been made a few years later. The same or very similar cameras were advertised by other companies.

To fold the camera, the lens panel unclips from the front standard and pushes back into the rear standard. The lower position for the rising front thumb-screw may not be original.

References & Notes:
PA 1891, pp. 274, cxlvi. BJA 1898, p. 947 (Kalos). BJA 1902, p. 1161. Similar camera by Watson. Adjustable shutter mechanism.


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