Universal High Speed - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Universal High Speed

Long Extension model

1903

Newman & Guardia Ltd

London

England

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Lens:
f6.3, 5" Zeiss Double Protar, iris diaphragm to f45. Combinable lens f12.5, 9" (224 mm) front and back groups. Serial no. 69899 69900 .

Shutter:
N&G, focal plane, speeds 1/10 - 1/800. Serial no. 211.

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:
12, 3 ¼" x 4 ¼" plates held in removable changing box, bag type.

Focusing:
Bellows scale to 2 yards with combined lens, 4 yards with rear group. Double extension.

Attributes:
Two reflecting view-finders. Automatic counter on changing box. Two 'T' spirit levels.

Movements:
Rise and cross front.

Serial Number:
HS1820 .

Notes:
Address on plaque: Newman & Guardia Ltd. 90 & 92 Shaftesbury Avenue. London. W. (1897 - 1909). Patent on boxes: 13857/92.

With:

  • Changing box for 12 plates, with plate holders and pressure slide. Serial no. 4093.
  • Focusing screen.

The High Speed, introduced in 1899, was fitted with a focal plane shutter as well as the usual sector shutter fitted between the lens groups. A fast lens such as a Planar or Tessar was normally fitted, however, a long extension model was advertised from 1903 which was fitted with a Double Protar, this may have been in addition to the fast lens or, as in this example, as the primary lens. The focal plane shutter was made removable in 1905.

The rear door to the changing box carries the date of June 1905 along with a set of initials. The front shutter is fitted with the Protar lenses mounted inside the wider mount of a fast lens, only two diaphragm scales are present for the combined and rear group lenses. Two focusing scales are fitted for the combined and rear group lenses.


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