Birtac combined camera and projector, 1898.
3 6 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 28cm

Birtac combined camera and projector, 1898.

© National Media Museum / Science & Society Picture Library


Designed by the film pioneer, Birt Acres (1854-1918), this was the first film-making apparatus intended for amateur use. It used 17.5mm film, which was produced by slitting standard 35mm film in half. It is shown here set up as a projector. The taking lens is reversed and a lamphouse would have been set up to the left of the projector to provide illumination.

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