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Kodak Specialist III

Camera prototype 'Specialist III' made by Kodak and Co, Anglish, about 1956

Camera prototype 'Specialist III' made by Kodak and Co, Anglish, about 1956

Kodak 'Specialist III' monorail 1/2 plate camera, serial 3033, prototype - only 2 or 3 were produced. Complete with instruction book. Buff coloured monorail and front and back. Black bellows. Metal screws and fittings, black plastic knob and handle. A reversible back enables pictures of either horizontal or vertical format to be taken. Has a rising and falling front, a tilting front and back, cross front and cross back, swing front and swing back.

There are three focusing controls: under the front fork assembly, under the rear fork assembly, and on the central mounting block. The central focusing control is used to focus the camera when set at the required extension to obtain a fixed image-size and to centralise the camera about the mounting block. The camera movements have two functions: to control the shape of the image e.g. to keep vertical and horizontal lines parallel and to give greater depth of field.

To avoid the convergence and divergence of parallel lines and increase depth of field the photographer would use the swing and tilt of the camera BACK. To position the lens so that the plane of sharp focus is in correct relationship to the subject the photographer would use the swing and tilt of the camera FRONT.

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