Luzo camera

Made:
1891-1901 in London
maker:
H J Redding and Gyles
Luzo camera in ever ready case
      Luzo camera in ever ready case, made by H J Redding & Gyles in England, c. 1896

Luzo camera in ever ready case Luzo camera in ever ready case, made by H J Redding & Gyles in England, c. 1896
The Kodak Collection at the National Media Museum, Bradford

The Luzo camera no. 17328. Box camera for rollfilm 3 1/2 inches wide, 4x3 inches. Fixed aperture rapid rectilinear lens. External sector shutter, three spring positions. Brilliant reflecting finder. Red window with pivoted cover. Patent no 1125. In leather ever-ready case. C1896. Overall: 112 mm x 166 mm x 125 mm.

The Luzo camera no. 17328. Box camera for rollfilm 3 1/2 inches wide, 4x3 inches. Fixed aperture rapid rectilinear lens. External sector shutter, three spring positions. Brilliant reflecting finder. Red window with pivoted cover. Patent no 1125. In leather ever-ready case. C1896.

The Luzo was advertised as a hand or detective camera. It was the first English roll film camera, and was also the first to have the film spools placed either side of the lens - an arrangement that was later used in most box cameras.

The camera was first designed by H J Redding and sold by J Robinson & Son. Redding left Robinson and with E T Gyles formed Redding and Gyles, who manufactured and sold the camera from 1896.

Details

Category:
Photographic Technology
Collection:
Kodak Collection
Object Number:
1990-5036/4243
Materials:
bone, brass (copper, zinc alloy), glass, metal (unknown) and wood (unidentified)
type:
rollfilm camera
taxonomy:
  • tools and equipment
  • equipment by process
  • image making equipment
  • camera (form)
  • miniature camera
  • tools and equipment
  • equipment by process
  • image making equipment
  • camera (function)
  • tools and equipment
  • equipment by process
  • image making equipment
  • camera (form)
credit:
The Kodak Collection at the National Media Museum, Bradford