Compass miniature camera

Made:
1937 in Switzerland
manufacturer:
Jaeger-LeCoultre

Compass miniature camera The Compass miniature camera, manufactured in Switzerland by Jaeger LeCoultre in 1937
The Kodak Collection at the National Media Museum, Bradford

Miniature all-metal camera for 24 x 36mm plates. Fitted with a Kern anastigmat lens F:35mm, f/3.5 NO.CCL 3B rotating plate with 4 apertures: B-3.5, W-4.5, H-6.3, G-16. With multiple speed rotating shutter 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3, 2, 1.5, 1/2/4/8/10/16/25/32/50/64/125/200/250/375/500/T. Rotating plate with 3 fillers: K1 ortho, P2 G panchro, P4 1X panchro. Lens cover with depth of field scale. Coupled coincidence type rangefinder. Direct vision optical finder converting right angle finder. Extinction type exposure meter is built into the viewfinder with two ranges. With a spirit level and a click stop rotating tripod bush for panoramic photographs. There is provision for a stereo head. With a ground glass focusing screen with magnifier. The back swings out to accept plate holder with a removable attachment of film holder. No. 3691. Jaegar LeCoultre, 1937.

The Compass miniature camera, manufactured in Switzerland by Jaeger LeCoultre in 1937.

Fitted with a Kern anastigmat lens F:35mm, f/3.5 NO.CCL 3B rotating plate with 4 apertures: B-3.5, W-4.5, H-6.3, G-16. With multiple speed rotating shutter 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3, 2, 1.5, 1/2/4/8/10/16/25/32/50/64/125/200/250/375/500/T. Rotating plate with 3 fillers: K1 ortho, P2 G panchro, P4 1X panchro. Lens cover with depth of field scale. Coupled coincidence type rangefinder. Direct vision optical finder converting right angle finder. Extinction type exposure meter is built into the viewfinder with two ranges. With a spirit level and a click stop rotating tripod bush for panoramic photographs. There is provision for a stereo head. With a ground glass focusing screen with magnifier. The back swings out to accept plate holder with a removable attachment of film holder. No. 3691. Jaegar LeCoultre, 1937.

The Compass camera was designed by Noel Pemberton Billing. It demonstrated great flexibility, being capable of use with 24 x 36mm glass plates or a roll-film back. Unusual and innovative in design, this high-quality model was patented in May 1936 and an estimated 5,000 were manufactured before the second world war halted production.

Details

Category:
Photographic Technology
Object Number:
1990-5036/2054
Materials:
glass, metal (unknown)
type:
plate camera
taxonomy:
  • tools and equipment
  • equipment by process
  • image making equipment
  • camera (function)
  • tools and equipment
  • equipment by process
  • image making equipment
  • camera (form)
credit:
The Kodak Collection at the National Media Museum, Bradford
status:
Permanent collection

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