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    Pony Premo No. 6 5x7: Date?

    I've just picked up a Pony Premo No. 6 5x7. The attached pic is not my camera, but is identical in detail.

    It was made by the "R.O. & C. Co" (Rochester Optical and Camera Co.) I know from reading the history that this firm was formed by the combining of five companies in 1899, and sold to Kodak in 1903. Thus that is the vintage.

    But I've seen various pictures of the Pony Premo No.6, with different structural details, so I'm curious whether this was an earlier or later version within that time period. By suspicion is earlier, as I've seen a Premo by a predecessor company that looks similar. But I wonder if anyone knows for sure.

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    Paul
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    Paul I'm looking to buy about the same thing as you show in your post,can't find any dates anywhere. It is in beautiful shape with 6 excellent 5X7 wooden film holders ,a I'm trying to figure out how much money to offer him. 81/2" homocentric 1:6.3 lens,Ross ,London no 61338 ,Premo shutter, aperture has one blade loose. can any give me any comments about this camera,I intend to use this camera not collect.

    mike c.

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    Mike ,Mckeowns lists it at around $100-$150, so i guess you can go from there, with holders is a nice bonus, the homocentric lens were quite expensive i think compared to other lens offerings, perhaps double the price. i think those lens were introduced about 1903 ...not sure if any of that helps?

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    Yes it does,I'm still wondering if they can be used for sheet film or were they designed for glass plates only. the holders have lit tin frames in them,are they for holding down sheet film or to place glass plates? Some one has put film in them but I do not know if that is correct? thanks for the replay Anastigmatic.

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    i'm not familiar with the holders for those but in almost all cases you can find a way to use sheet film in in a holder that was designed for glass plate, the 'tin frames' may well be septums/sheaths to adapt to sheet film...its hard to tell without seeing a picture of them

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    Thanks if I get a chance I'll try and post some pictures, it is a sweet camera and in very good shape for its age. Shutter sticks a little and the one aperture blade needs to be fixed, I am thinking of taking it to Flutos since they are very close to where I live. I'd sure like to have it ready by November when the Tanopah work shop starts.

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    Pony Premo No 6

    Here are the pics of the camera I wish to purchase, I'm hoping that these film holders can be used with regular sheet film and camera all so. Can anyone tale me based on these pics I would be grateful.


    mike c.
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    Mike, it appears that those are plate holders. Also appears that perhaps this camera has the same config as modern 5X7 film holders so maybe all you'd have to do is find some film holders. I think I'd reserve the right to return it if that turns out to not be the case. Maybe someone else knows for sure.
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    here's what my Pony Premo # 6 4x5 looks like :
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    Thanks jim the fellow who owns it know has sheet flim in it right know with the hangers holding the flim in, I don't think he has used it like that but he says that is how it works.Hello Lauren, that's a nice one,do your holders use glass or film and do they have those metal frames in them?. I wanted to use film not glass.

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