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Whole plate camera, 1880.

Whole plate camera, 1880.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 25cm x 32cm


This early dry plate camera, made by George Hare, is derived from earlier wet plate designs. The camera is fitted with an Euryscope lens by Clement and Gilmer. Focusing was carried out by collapsing or extending the bellows to vary the distance between the lens and the film. Hare's design was advertised at the time as 'the best and most compact camera ever invented'.

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