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By dudler
Around 1970, I bought a Patent Etui camera, which I haven't used much.

The reason is that I can't feed it - it came with plateholders, for two and a half by three and a half inches glass plates. I've never tracked down/been able to afford an adaptor for roll film, though I think I tried one from the biology lab at school and it fitted. Of course, because of hte plateholders, there was also a ground glass screen for viewing and accurate focus, if you could be bothered. Otherwise, there was a wire frame sports finder, as well as a 'brilliant' viewfinder - like the ones on Box Brownies, and jsut as poor.

So this was developed in a dish, rocking in print developer, in the dark.

A fascinating camera, folding up almost as slim as a Vest Pocket Kodak, but needing a set of plateholders as well. Rising front, bellows focus (of course, to fold). Maybe I need to get the camera out and take a picture of it.

Plates ceased to be available very shortly after that, at least for mainstream use. This image is a recent scan from one of the plates.

Tags: Flowers and plants Black-and-white Plate camera Film Friday Patent Etui

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Irishkate 11 45 121 United Kingdom
4 Aug 2017 11:30AM
Such a lot of knowledge of old cameras - stunning result here.
Kate Grin
Maiwand 15 3 73 England
4 Aug 2017 11:39AM
Intersting history for this old camera.
4 Aug 2017 11:47AM
What an interesting man you are; apart from here do you pass it on ?

As ever, thank you for sharing.
leo_nid 5 12
4 Aug 2017 12:01PM
exquisite.. and you addiction to photography gets way beyond just pressing the shutter button
JohnnyBG 5 2 United Kingdom
4 Aug 2017 1:01PM
I don't know anything about the camera but I think your picture is ace. Something we can all try now you've been there. Hope you don't mind a little UA?
Chinga Plus
11 61 3 United Kingdom
4 Aug 2017 1:24PM
Good and very effective!
Excellent work, Isabel GrinGrin
dimalexa 5 5 Greece
4 Aug 2017 2:09PM
Excellent "writing" of the lens. Of course there are the 'sins" of the dish development (lines)... How happy with the use of PATERSON tank, but almost always with the fear of scratch lines, when I must work in a dish... I liked all these atmosphere, the darkness, the green lamp, the smell of chemicals...
wonderful your description and narration, John!
Nikonuser1 Plus
9 172 16 United Kingdom
4 Aug 2017 2:25PM
A very interesting write up, a great resultGrinGrin

vivdy 10 2 United Kingdom
4 Aug 2017 5:10PM
Beautiful result . Viv
NevJB 7 2 1 United Kingdom
4 Aug 2017 5:25PM
Lovely bit of photographic history JD GrinGrinGrin
dark_lord Plus
18 2.9k 811 England
4 Aug 2017 7:56PM

Quote:Maybe I need to get the camera out and take a picture of it

Yes, that would be good to see.
rontear Plus
19 23 9 England
4 Aug 2017 10:04PM
Naked as usual John WinkWinkWinkWinkWinkWinkWink

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