Advocate - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Advocate

Series II

1952

Ilford Ltd

Ilford

England

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Lens:
f3.5, 35 mm Dallmeyer Anastigmat, iris diaphragm to f22. Coated. Serial no. 456886 .

Shutter:
Two-blade, speeds 1/25 - 1/200, B. Spring powered and regulated. Separate capping blade. Flash synchronisation. Mounted behind the lens.

Construction:
Metal body finished in ivory stove enamel.

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

Focusing:
Helical to 2 feet.

Attributes:
Direct-vision (lens/lens) view-finder. Auto-stop on film advance, coupled to shutter. Double and blank exposure prevention. Sprocket film advance.

Serial Number:
1919W - 9460 .

With:
Ever-ready case, dark brown version. Instruction book.

Advocate

Series III

c. 1956

Ilford Ltd

Ilford

England

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Lens:
f3.5, 35 mm Wray Lustrar, iris diaphragm to f22. Serial no. 82287 .

Shutter:
Two-blade, speeds 1/25 - 1/200, B. Spring powered and regulated. Separate capping blade. Flash synchronisation. Mounted behind the lens.

Construction:
Metal body finished in ivory stove enamel.

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

Focusing:
Helical to 2 feet.

Attributes:
Direct-vision (lens/lens) view-finder.
Auto-stop on film advance, coupled to shutter. Double and blank exposure prevention. Sprocket film advance.

Serial Number:
1919W - 6538 .

With:
Ever-ready case, light brown version.

The series I Advocate was introduced in 1949 and fitted with an f4.5 lens. It had a die-cast body finished in a very distinctive ivory coloured stove enamel.

The series II introduced in 1952 had an f3.5 lens and flash synchronisation for bulbs. Late models of the series II (advertised in the 1957 BJA) were available for either bulb or electronic flash.

Late in its life a version with a Wray lens was introduced, unofficially known as the series III. Very few of this type were made.

Accessories available:

  • Ever-ready Case.
  • Filter mount.
  • Lens hood, fits onto the filter mount.
  • Supplementary lens, 12" - 16 ½".
  • Lens cap, black enamel, velvet lined.
  • Combined filter mount and lens hood. This fits directly onto the lens.
  • Transparency viewer.

The camera body was adapted for use in many scientific and engineering applications such as recording and microscopy.

References & Notes:
BJA 1950, pp. 78, 246; BJA 1953, pp. 88, 198; BJA 1957, p. 76; Blue-Book 1952, p. 30; Holliman, Ilford Faces, People and Places; Series I instruction book; Series II instruction book.

Illustrations:
A model in a box is shown in Christie's Cat. 11/12/2002 lot 1.


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