Ralli No 5 - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Ralli No 5

c. 1906

W. Butcher & Sons

London

England

Image of Ralli No 5

Lens:
f5.8, 7.2" Beck Isostigmar, series II, iris diaphragm to f32. Serial no. 17676 .

Shutter:
Focal-plane, speeds 1/3 - 1/1000, T. Speeds varied by tension and slit width.

Construction:
Leather covered wood body.

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

Focusing:
Bellows to 2' 6". Double extension.

Attributes:
Reflex viewing through taking lens. Full-size ground glass screen. Bellows extension to viewing hood.
The mirror is raised by finger pressure on the release and falls back when pressure is removed.
Removable lens panel. Revolving back.

Movements:
Rise and cross front.

With:
Focusing screen back.

This is probably of German origin, for a time it was also sold in Britain by A.E. Staley as the Royal. Ralli is a Butcher trade name referring to a series of focal-plane strut and reflex cameras. Butcher only advertised this model for a short time, the price was around 7.7.0 without a lens. 5" x 4" and 6 " x 4 " sizes were also produced.

This example is fitted with a lens of 7.2" length which is long for a quarter-plate. The series II Isostigmar was introduced in 1906. The Staley advertisement says that for quarter-plate models the lens must be at least 7".

References & Notes:
BJA 1907, p. 272. YBP 1906/07, pp. 108, 519.


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Butcher & Son

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