The Minimum Palmos Model A camera, also listed as no. 454, was manufactured by the Ica A.G. camera company of Dresden, Germany from approximately 1909 to 1922. It was a compact strut folding camera with a focal plane shutter designed primarily for outdoor work and able to take instataneous pictures in poor light. The original Minimum Plamos was introduced by Carl Zeiss. This camera was capable of taking 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inch (6.5 x 9 cm)exposures on plates or film packs. Constructed of aluminum and covered in black seal grain leather. Features included a rising, falling and sliding front, a lever adjusted focusing lens tube, rigid fixed bellows extension with automatic locks focused at infinity, the Palmos focal plane shutter with adjustable speeds regulated and indicated on the outside. The rear is fitted with a large folding focusing hood that sldies on and off, a direct view finder mounted on top of the camera and two tripod sockets. The focal planes shutter provided speeds from 1/15 to 1/700 of a second. Fitted with a Carl Zeiss 1c Tessar f4.5. The camera measures 5 3/8 x 2 11/16 x 4 5/8 inches when closed and weighs 31 ounces. Originally pricing at $97.00.
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