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Johnson and Harrison's 'Pantascopic' camera, 1862.

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Johnson and Harrison's 'Pantascopic' camera, 1862.
3 3 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 25cm


This box-form camera, made by Johnson and Harrison, was one of the first to be designed to take panoramic photographs on glas plates. The images it produced were of a 110 degree view on 7.5 x 12 inch (19cm x 30.5cm) flat collodion plates. As the clockwork motor rotated the camera, the glas plate was moved past a slot in the camera back, to make the exposure. Three-quarter view, with door open.

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