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Rochester Optical Company Folding Premier Camera, 1892

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    Posted 9 years ago

    rniederman
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    This is very scarce 1890s American amateur camera made by the Rochester Optical Company, NY. Like most of the popular 'self-casing' field cameras of the time, a red-leather bellows with a gorgeous polished wood and lacquered brass interior resides inside a fine black leather covered body.

    Yet this 1892 Folding Premier has a rare feature not found on any other similar camera. Inside the lensboard is a surprisingly sophisticated clockwork shutter mechanism capable of firing multiple times.

    Although interesting, this continuous shooting shutter may not have had much value in day-to-day use. While it can rapidly fire six times after a full winding, a photographer still had to change plates or wind film in the rollholder between exposures.

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