Rochester Optical Co.
8 x 10
Date Introduced: - ; Years
Manufactured: c. 1903
Construction: back focus via
push-pull; single swing; three-piece lens board; reversing by removable
Materials: mahogany body; cherry base; black fabric bellows;
Sizes Offered: 5x7, 5x8, 6½x8½, 8x10, 11x14, 14x17
Notes: This is probably a
product of the second Rochester Optical Co. (1903-1907), since it is not listed
in the 1898 nor 1899 ROC catalogs. However, it is not listed in the 1905
ROC Premo catalog (which lists other view cameras), either. The
ROC Standard was the model comparable to the Favorite
for the early Rochester Optical Co. (1883-1899). Compare to the
Favorite Models of Rochester Camera Mfg. Co. and
Rochester Camera & Supply Co.
The Favorite is similar in design to Scovill's
Back Focus Cone Camera, but its back does not niftily
nest around the front when collapsed like the Acme.
It seems that all the engravings of whatever year show
the ground glass springs pointing in the same direction. This may merely
be the use of an engraving that is almost correct regardless of the way the
cameras were made.
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