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Discussion in 'Miscellaneous Equipment' started by Nitai108, Jan 16, 2009.
Is the thing on the back of the camera in picture 1 a detachable plate or film holder? How big is it? How big is the object in general? At a very rough guess, this is a special-purpose box camera which would be fitted with a lens (and maybe shutter) in a panel at the smaller end and used to take pictures of something at a fixed distance and magnification. I have seen somewhat similar cameras used for fingerprints in the late 1890s and 1900s. These were made with no adjustments since they were for use by police with little photographic training. There have also been "mugshot" cameras on the same principle.
Guess: home made camera for pinhole photography
I second that guess.
Camera Obscura. HA!
I thought of that too, it's made in France in the early 900 (see the link), so I guess the pinhole board in front is missing.
Probably just a fixed length focus. Is that a full plate sized camera?
It looks like the back half (bottom half) of an enlarging camera, similar to a Brownie Enlarging Camera.
a camera for reproduction, macro photo. May be use in a darkroom recreate a neg from text