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Long Focus Premo Camera

The Long Focus Premo Camera was manufactured by the Rochester Optical Company, Rochester, N.Y. from 1895 to 1904. As its name indicates, this style Premo possesses an extra long bellows, adapting it for the use of long focus lenses, as well as the style usually furnished. Adaptable to glass plates, cut and roll films.

The Long Focus Premo is similar in appearance to the Premo Sr., and it may be used in the same manner, either for hand or tripod work. While it is no less compact, it has nearly double the focal capacity of the Premo Sr. The extra length of draw is obtained by the addition of a folding back. By simply touching a spring at the top, the back of the camera will drop, forming a bed, upon which the rear portion of the camera carrying the ground-glass screen will slide.

The Long Focus Premo may be used for copying, and all other purposes, requiring an extended length of bellows.

This camera is fitted with a victor symmetrical Rapid Rectilinear lens. The front combination may therefore be removed, and the rear lens used alone when desired, which approximately doubles the length of focus. For distant views this is desirable as the objects in the view are larger in the picture. The Improved Star Shutter is fitted to this camera, having both finger and pneumatic release. It is the same in every respect as furnished with the Premo Sr.

This camera is constructed throughout of mahogany, handsomely polished, the outside being covered with fine black leather. The metal work is of polished and lacquered brass.

Features included a Double Swing Back, Double Sliding Front, and a fine Rack and Pinion movement for focusing. Both the horizontal and vertical swings are from the center of the plate, and may be quickly adjusted by a slight pressure on a brass lever, seen upon opening the door at the side. A brilliant reversible View Finder is conveniently placed on the bed of the camera; two tripod plates are also fitted for both upright and horizontal pictures. The ground-glass screen is spring acting, and does not close after withdrawing the plate-holder but remains open for its re-insertion. A touch on a spring button closes the screen for focusing, or to exert a pressure on the holder when in place.

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