This camera is a
Peckham-Wray presscamera designed by Cyril Peckham. The background of
air photography is obivious when holding this device. It has a focal
plane shutter and with some lenses it also has a leaf shutter at the
lens. Aiming is done mainly using the wireframe finder and there is no
rangefinder: But you can focus the center of the image using a small
mirror that folds down from the side to the middle of the lens hole and
look at the image from the round viewfinder
in the middle of the camera topcover. I have heard some comments about
this camera being something really special among presscameras, but it
really is not with the exception of the small mirror idea and some
small details. It is quite bulky, heavy and not at all so easy to
use... I would prefer to carry a Speed Graphic with me if I had to
choose. I would definitely like to compare this to the similar
style metal box 4x5" inch Printex to see which is more usable.
In the image below you can see the SLR style viewfinder for accurate focusing of the center of the picture.
In the picture below you can
see the small mirror used to help in focusing the subject based on the
center of the image. The button to lower the mirror is under my thumb.
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