Earliest type Prestwich camera, 1896.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 25cm x 32cm

Earliest type Prestwich camera, 1896.

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This 35mm camera with epicyclic movement (before claw movement) was made by the engineer J A Prestwich. Prestwich was one of the first manufacturers of sturdy, wooden-cased cine cameras, developing mechanical details such as epicycle intermittent motion and, in 1899, the detachable film magazine. In 1896 Prestwich collaborated with William Friese-Greene (1855- 1921), to produce a double projector, which claimed to remove flicker from the projected image.

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