Stereo Challenge Model B - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Stereo Challenge Model B

c. 1904

J. Lizars

Glasgow

Scotland

Image of Stereo Challenge Model B

Lens:
Two, f8, 5" B&L Rapid Rectilinear lenses, iris diaphragm to f44. Lens separation of 3 ".

Shutter:
B&L, ITB, pivoted two-blade, single speed.

Construction:
Polished Spanish mahogany body, brass fittings, red leather bellows. Septum of pleated cloth.

Format:
Two exposures 3 " x 3 " on a single 6 " x 3 " plate held in double dark-slides.

Focusing:
Bellows, scale to 5 feet, second scale fitted for a lens of 7 ". Double extension.

Attributes:
Brilliant view-finder. Lens panel and septum are removable for fitting a single lens.

Movements:
Rising front.

Notes:
Name plaque shows branches in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Belfast, London and Cape Town.

With:
Hooded focusing screen. Bulb release.

The Challenge B was a range of stereo cameras taking either plates, roll-film or both; each model could have either a fixed septum or, for panoramic exposures, a removable septum. As with most Lizars cameras of this period the finish was either polished mahogany or leather covered. Although finished in polished wood this example is not a tropical model for which Indian teak was used with Russia leather bellows. Originally advertised with only the B&L Rapid Rectilinear lens others were later fitted. The cheapest model in the range cost 5.15.0, the highest priced model cost 16.0.0.

Today stereo roll-film Model B cameras are often referred to as 'Stereo Dayspool' though they were not given that name at the time; the Dayspool developed from the Model D.

The name plaque is interesting as it lists the Cape Town branch which never materialised.

References & Notes:
BJA 1905, p. 1223. BJA 1906, p. 1225. BJA 1907, p. 1213. BJA 1908, p. 1311. BJA 1909, p. 1272. BJA 1910, p. 1265. BJA 1911, p. 1298. BJA 1912, p. 1383. BJA 1917, p. 742. BJA 1918, p. 624.

Illustrations:
Christie's Cat. 11/12/2002 lot 96. Roll-film version.


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