Camera Porn Wednesday

This weeks camera is:

Vesta

The Vesta was a mixture of strut folding camera and folding bed camera. The camera was made between 1909 and 1914 by Adams & Co. in London. It allowed certain lens board movements. The sample in the picture above is for a larger format and has a Taylor-Hobson Cooke Aviar Anastigmat 6inch Series II f/4.5 lens in unknown shutter and a brilliant finder. In 1914 a 4.5x6cm version with leather-covered metal body and Ross/Zeiss Tessar f/4.5 75mm lens and Compound shutter was made. It had a Newton type finder. Film pack adapters were common accessories for these cameras.

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Camera Porn Wednesday

This weeks camera is:

Primarette

The Primarette is a twin-lens camera made by Bentzin in the 1930s, taking 4×6.5cm pictures on 127 film. It was also sold as the Planovista. It is effectively a folding twin lens camera, but not a TLR, with two lenses and bellows, one for viewing and one for taking. There was a choice of taking lens, including a Meyer Trioplan 75mm f3.5, set in a Compur shutter with speeds from 1 to 1/300 second, or a f3.8 Zeiss Tessar in the same shutter, or a f2.7 Meyer Macroplasmat in a Compur shutter with self-timer. The viewing lens projects an image onto a ground glass screen set in a hood on the back of the camera, designed for use at eye-level. Since there is no reflex mirror, the image would be upside-down.

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