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  Premo A Camera

The Premo A camera is the original Premo camera model. The model A designation was added in approximately 1896. The Premo A was manufactured by the Rochester Optical Company from 1893 to 1900. The main difference is the replacement of the star lens/shutter with a Victor Rapid Rectilinear made especially for the Premo A.

The folding Premo A camera consisted of a self cased design constructed of mahogany, polished on the inside and covered on the outside with black leather. It was a compact, the 4 x 5 model measured only 5 3/4 x 6 7/8 x 5 1/4 inches and weighed just over two pounds.

Features included: Built-in Swing back and rising and falling front with removable lens board. The view finder is attached to the bed and and is reversible for horizontal or vertical views. The ground glass has a spring mechanism which adjusts for plate insertion. later models have interchangeable between plate and roll holders. The camera comes with a high quality star shutter, with both finger and pneumatic release, and rapid rectilinear lens. Sizes available included 3 1/4 x 4 1/4; 4 x 5; 5 x 7; and 6 1/2 by 8 1/2. Prices from 1895 ranged from $25 to $42.

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