I saw this camera on e-bay, and couldn't resist bidding on it. It looks like a Primo, but the leather is mostly gone, except on the back, and I couldn't spot any other markings than the ones I'm posting.
I would appreciate any help in identifying it. Is it worth the trouble, or should I let it go if outbid? I have a good feeling about this one.
Last Edit: Dec 29, 2012 19:59:11 GMT -5 by Doug T.
It looks like a Premoette Junior, from the Rochester Optical company/Kodak, pre WW1, uniquely the front door does not open to 90, the angle set determines the focus. Not common, but as to value, that will be determined by the sale I fancy.....
I am very fond of Kodak products. In general they are well designed and well made and amazingly durable.
The camera you show is a Premoette Jr. The inside of the back panel might tell you - or might not.
I think this is one of Kodak's less happy cameras.
I have 3 different models, all of the same basic design, ranging from the No.1 - 2-1/4 x 3-1/4, missing a bellows which crumbled when I opened it.
An unnumbered, unnamed of the same size missing the leather on the back panel, the tabs to keep that panel closed and the leather handle.
A No 1A - 2-1/2 x 4-1/4 which is in the best condition of them as it is missing only a few pieces of its leather covering. The remaining leather pieces have shrunk.
Focus on all of them is done by inserting a forked tab attached to the bottom of the lens board into one of two slots at the front of the drop down base board which opens at an angle to the film plane. One slot is for near subjects and the other for distance. This keeps the lens board parallel to the film plane. Weird but it works.
All of the cameras are designed to take film packs.
I have never seen a Premoette Jr. in good condition.
Last Edit: Dec 30, 2012 4:55:09 GMT -5 by mickeyobe
I lost out on the bidding for the little Premo. That's ok though. We went to the flea market yesterday, and I picked up an Accura light meter, an Amica Eyelux rangefinder, a Kodak Pocket series II folder, and 4 fountain pens. All for 15 USD ;D
I also picked up a Samsung ECX-2 point & shoot for 8 bucks just the other day.