Reid - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Reid II

c. 1953

Reid & Sigrist Ltd

Leicester

England

Image of Reid II

Lens:
f2, 2" Taylor-Hobson Anastigmat, iris diaphragm to f16. Depth-of-field scale. Screw mount. Serial no. 329174 .

Shutter:
Focal-plane, speeds 1/20 - 1/1000, B. Flash sockets marked B and E.

Construction:
Metal body.

Format:
36, 24 x 36 mm exposures on 35 mm film held in cassette.

Focusing:
Helical to 3 feet.

Attributes:
Coupled rangefinder. Direct-vision (lens/lens) view-finder.
Auto-stop on film advance. Film advance tensions the shutter.

Serial Number:
P2850 .

With:
Lens cap. Ever-ready case.

Reid IIIa

1953

Reid & Sigrist Ltd

Leicester

England

Image of Reid IIIa

Lens:
f2, 2" Taylor-Hobson Anastigmat, iris diaphragm to f16. Depth-of-field scale. Screw mount. Serial no. 329620 .

Shutter:
Focal-plane, speeds 1 - 1/1000, B. Slow speed mechanism for speeds 1 - 1/20. Flash sockets marked B and E.

Construction:
Metal body.

Format:
36, 24 x 36 mm exposures on 35 mm film held in cassette.

Focusing:
Helical to 3 feet.

Attributes:
Coupled rangefinder. Direct-vision (lens/lens) view-finder. Eyesight adjustment to view-finder.
Auto-stop on film advance. Film advance tensions the shutter.

Serial Number:
P2730 .

With:

  • Lens cap.
  • Extension tubes - 1/4, 3/8, 1/2, 1, 2 and 4". In box with 'RS' logo.

The Reid is based on the pre-war Leica IIIb but re-engineered in imperial measurements. Production started in 1951. The Reid was extremely well-made but did not introduce any new features over pre-war days. It did not sell in large numbers (around 2500) probably due to the poor marketing and a lack of commitment from the manufacturer. Many cameras were sold to the British armed services.

Reid models:

  • Original - without synchronisation.
  • Original - version with one synchronisation socket.
  • 111a - twin flash contacts.
  • 11 - version without slow speeds.
  • 1 - version without rangefinder.
  • 1a - similar to the model 1 but with finder replaced by a second accessory shoe.

Accessories included:

Extension tubes, supplied as a set of 6 tubes - 1/4, 3/8, 1/2, 1, 2 and 4". Focusing stage with intermediate mount allowing the standard lens to be used collapsed. Fixing arm to attach to a copying stand. Lens hood.

References & Notes:
BP 377537/1931 (lens). BP 461304/1935 (lens). BP 507184/1937 (lens). BP 587090/1945 (lens). BP 722838/1953. US Pat 1955591. US Pat 2117252. BJA 1948, p. 555. BJA 1949, p. 531. BJA 1950, p. 499. BJA 1951, p. 478. BJA 1952, p. 494. BJA 1953, p. 505. BJA 1954, pp. 179, 485. BJA 1955, p. 515. BJA 1956, p. 519. BJA 1957, p. 523. BJA 1958, p. 598. BJA 1959, p. 226.

Illustrations:
Christies Cat. 11/12/2002 lot 10. Focusing stage.


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