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  Premo Camera (original) By Rochester Optical

The original folding premo camera was introduced in 1893 and began a long running product line of premo camera variations. This hand camera line continued well after the Kodak company bought ROC. The folding premo was manufactured through 1897 then the name was changed to Premo A. It 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. 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 $45.

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