Item 2005.006.03.04 - German tailboard camera with Rodenstock Bistigmat lens

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German tailboard camera with Rodenstock Bistigmat lens

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  • 1870-1880 (Creation)

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1 piece of photographic equipment : camera. - 1 photographic lens : anastigmat. - 2 pieces of photographic equipment : photographic plate holders.

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Camera was part of a private collection and was donated to the Ryerson University Library Special Collections in 2017 by John Tysall.

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Item is a wood and brass folding tailboard field camera, likely of German manufacture, for 18 x 13 cm (7" x 5") exposures on glass plates. Camera is equipped with square bellows, hinged ground glass focusing screen, and no shutter. Bellows are secured with pins, when extended, inserted into keyhole slots. The slide out lens board has a Rodenstock Bistigmat 13 x 18 lens with rotating aperture wheel. The camera is equipped with 2 plate holders for use with 18 x 13 cm (7" x 5") glass plates, with a wooden adapter insert to hold smaller 12 X 9 cm (3.75" x 2.5") plates.

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Camera condition is good.

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Collected by John Tysall and donated to Ryerson University Library Special Collections in 2017.


Added to the Heritage Camera Collection in 2019.

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