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No. 1 Lightning Camera from Benetfink

The No. 1 Lightning hand camera was sold by the Benetfink and Company Ltd. photo supply depot in circa 1898. Designed as a simple to use automatic plate changing magazine camera that was capable of carrying twelve plates or twenty four cut films with one loading. The changing mechanism provided an exposure count indicator to show how many exposures have been taken. The no. 1 was able to be fitted with a fixed focus archromatic lens or a rapid rectilinear lens with iris diaphragms. The shutter provided time and instantaneous exposures for 1/5, 1/25, 1/50 or 1/100 of a second. Magnifiers are provided with the camera for photographing close up objects within 9 feet. Two brilliant view finders are built in for vertical or horizontal views, in addition to two tripod sockets for stand work. Exposed plates were able to be removed from the light tight chamber without interfering with those that are unexposed. Made in quarter plate (4 1/4 x 3 1/4 inch) and a 5 x 4 inch size and prices at 40s and 57 s respectively.

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