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  Minimal Hand Camera

The Minimal hand camera was manufactured by the Ica A.G. camera company of Dresden, Germany in in circa 1912. The Minimal was capable of taking quarter plates 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 inch exposures on roll film or plates. Camera body was constructed of seasoned mahogany and covered in black seal grain leather. The bellows was made of black leather with an automatic take up to prevent sagging and a long extension of 11 1/2 inches. The front bed is reinforced aluminum and the front standard is a a rigid U shaped design. Features include a double extension bellows with rack and pinion adjustment, an extra large reversible brilliant finder made with a metal mirror and accompanied with a spirit level, and three tripod sockets. This camera was sold with several lens options including a Helka Anastigmat f6.8, a Carl Zeiss Amatar f6.8, or a Zeiss double Protar f6.3. The lens were mounted in an Ica compound shutter with speeds from one to 1/250 of a second, including time, bulb. Originally pricing ranged from $47.00 to $87.50 based on lens selection. The camera measures 6 1/2 x 2 x 4 15/16 inches and weighs 35.5 ounces.

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