Rochester Optical Co.
The Ideal Camera, Variation 1.5
8 x 10
Date Introduced: Years Manufactured:
Construction: front focus via
rack and pinion (two gear tracks on top of base rails); single or double swing;
three-piece lens board; reversing by removable back
Materials: mahogany body; cherry base; black fabric bellows;
nickeled brass hardware
Sizes Offered:presumed 3¼x4¼; 4x5; 4¼x6½; 5x7; 5x8; 6½-8½;
8x10; 11x14; 14x17; 17x20; 18x22; 20x24
The Ideal Variation 1 has
an s-shaped tilt mechanism (as well as a hinged ground glass
frame and four cam-buttons, two of which release the
ground glass frame, and two of which release the entire removable back).
The Ideal Variation 2 has a
two types of tilt mechanism: a center pivot (as above) or a
plate-type bottom pivot (as well as a spring-loaded
ground glass frame and no cam-buttons).
This camera is assigned Variation 1.5 because it is not so much a
different variation as a combination of mostly Variation 1 but the center
tilt pivot of Variation 2.
Illustrated Catalogue of Photographic Apparatus,
Rochester Optical Co., Rochester, NY, June 1890, p. 4-5
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