Universal Press Camera - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Universal Press Camera

1950

Type 1714 A

Dawe Instruments Ltd

London

England

Image of Universal Press Camera

Lens:
f4.9, 5 " Ross Xpres, iris diaphragm to f32. Serial no. 19265 .

Shutter:
Synchro-Compur, speeds 1 - 1/500, B, T. Delayed action. X M flash selector.

Focal plane, speeds 1/20 - 1/1100. Two tension settings.

Construction:
Leatherette covered metal body, leather bellows.

Format:
4" x 5" plates held in double dark-slides.

Focusing:
Bellows, rangefinder scale to 1 yard. Double extension.

Attributes:
Coupled rangefinder. Frame view-finder. Removable lens panel. Drop-bed.

Movements:
Rising front. Tilting front.

With:
Focusing screen. 2 double dark-slides.

Dawe were an electronics company based in West London. After the war they produced and promoted electronic flash equipment and produced two cameras, the Universal Press and the Nelrod Liteflash.

The camera has a coupled rangefinder with a very large dial on the top of the camera showing the set distance. On the side of the camera there is a bracket to hold an electronic flash, the lead from the flash plugs into the top of the camera where it connects to a lead running to the lens board which carries flash connectors. The Universal is well engineered and very heavy. Judging by the serial numbers of known cameras the Universal Press could only have sold in very small numbers.

References & Notes:
BJA 1951. BJA 1952, p. 498.

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