N&G Stereoscopic - Antique and Vintage Cameras

N&G Stereoscopic

1893

Single focus model

Newman & Guardia

London

England

Image of N&G Stereoscopic

Lens:
Two, f7.7 lenses, iris diaphragm to f45. Probably Goerz Double Anastigmat.

Shutter:
N&G, sector type, spring powered with pneumatic regulation, speeds 1/2 - 1/100. T setting by short pressure on release with shutter set to 1/2 second.

Construction:
Leather covered mahogany body.

Format:
4 ¼" x 6 ½" plates held in removable changing box, bag type.

Focusing:
Bellows, focusing scales to 2 yards. Double extension.

Attributes:
Two reflecting view-finders, circular spirit level. Automatic counter on changing box. Tripod bush. Fixed septum. Doors covering the lenses are manually operated.

Movements:
Rising front.

Serial Number:
S191 .

Notes:
Address plaque on camera: Newman & Guardia. 92 Shaftesbury Avenue. London. W.

With:

  • Changing box for 12 plates, bag type. With 12 plate holders and pressure slide. Removable stereo divider. Serial no. 758.
  • Two yellow filters in mounts.

The Stereoscopic was one of the earliest cameras from N&G, early versions had a fixed septum and took 12 stereo pairs on 4 ¼" x 6 ½" plates or 24 quarter-plates. It could also be used to take mono photographs by closing, in turn, one of the doors on the camera front. In 1895 a removable septum was fitted allowing a half-plate front with a single lens to replace the stereo front. A 6 ¾" x 3 ¼" size was added around 1903 followed by 6 ½" x 3 ¼" around 1905. The original circular spirit level was replaced by a 'T' level probably around 1897. Originally lenses were from Wray, Goerz and Zeiss, later Ross and Swift lenses were also used. The camera, with Goerz lenses, cost £27/6/0.

This is an early model made around 1894, it has a fixed septum in the camera but the septum in the changing box is removable. This could indicate that a small batch of cameras made with a fixed septum remained un-sold until after the removable septum had been introduced. The changing box dates to around 1895. The small doors covering the lenses are manually operated, in 1895 they were operated by the shutter release.

A Special two focus model (equivalent to a Special B) was added in c. 1898 equipped with Zeiss Satz f6.3 5" lenses (f12.5 9" divided).


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