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Newman & Guardia Nydia Camera

datasheet_loginThe Nydia camera was manufactured by Newman & Guardia. It was reported, in the 1900 year book of photography, as being first introduced in 1894. However it was not presented in the 1895 catalog nor could any ads of that time period could be found. It appears that the Nydia pocket camera was reintroduced in 1900 with a new catalogue devoted to it with the slogan, I make pictures out of sunshine, and numerous writings that can easily be found.

The camera took exposures 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 inches on plates or film. Although customizable with any lens, it was originally offered with 4 lens options, each with a 5 1/2 inch focus:
- A special French rapid rectilinear f8.0
- Zeiss-Satz anastigmat f6.3
- Wray rapid rectilinear f8.0
- Ross new systematic anastigmat f8.0

Th shutter is the N&G special high efficiency, metal shutter with hermetically-closed pneumatic regulation for speeds from 1/2 to 1/100 of a second, including time exposures for finger or bulb. A reversible finder provides a large viewing area of 11/16 x 1/2 inches. A N&G changing box is fitted to accommodate twelve cut films or eight plates. In 1900, prices ranged from 7 pounds 10 shillings to 15 pounds 10 shillings.

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