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- Author unknown
- Date of production 1880–1900
- Place of creation Germany
- Dimensions height: 140 x 67 x 80 cm
- ID no. camera − MHF 36/I, lens − MHF 233/I
- Object copyright Museum of Photography in Kraków
- Digital images copyright public domain
- Digitalisation RDW MIC, Małopolska’s Virtual Museums project
This is an atelier camera for “dry” glass plates with a maximum format of 18 x 24 cm, produced in the 1880s by an unknown manufacturer in Germany. The lens is from a later date (an 1890–1920 Aristostigmat 7 6.5/360), produced by Meyer...more
This is an atelier camera for “dry” glass plates with a maximum format of 18 x 24 cm, produced in the 1880s by an unknown manufacturer in Germany. The lens is from a later date (an 1890–1920 Aristostigmat 7 6.5/360), produced by Meyer Optik Görlitz. It is the oldest camera in the museum collection.
In the 1870s and 1880s, massive and large cameras were used in a typical photographic atelier. Due to the low light sensitivity of photographic materials, long exposure times of up to several or even several seconds had to be used. The cameras did not have a shutter, and the exposure speed was adjusted by the photographer with a quick photo and the re-insertion of the lens cap. During this time, the person photographed had to remain motionless, and the camera itself could not move.
The camera body is made of light wood covered with polish and has brass polished fittings. The front and rear section of the camera can be moved on the base. The focusing of the camera was done by moving the rear segment using a gear.
It has a lens in a polished brass frame with the following engraved inscriptions on the side wall: Aristostigma 1: 6.5 No 7 F = 360mm D. [eutsches] R. [eich] P. [atent] 125560 No. [serial] 6456. / Hugo Meyer & Co-Goerlitz.
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