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  Minimum Palmos Model B (#456, 457)

The Minimum Palmos Model B camera 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. The original Minimum Plamos was introduced by Carl Zeiss. This camera was made in two sizes the no. 456 was capable of taking 3 1/2 x 4 3/4 inch (9 x 12 cm) exposures on plates or film packs and the no. 457 was capable of taking 5 1/2 x 3 3/4 inch (9 x 12 cm) exposures. 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 slides on and off, a direct view finder mounted on top of the camera and two tripod sockets. Fitted with a Carl Zeiss Triotar f3.5 lens. The focal plane shutter was capable of speeds from 1/7 to 1/1000 of a second.

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