De Luxe frena camera

Made:
c. 1892 in London
maker:
R and J Beck

Magazine box camera for notched cut films 2 1/2 x 3 /12 inches. Fitted with a beck Steinheil Orthostigmat lens No. 10395 US 8-255, four apertures in rotating plate. Rotary shutter 5/10/20/40/ aperture and shutter setting visible through lens. Shutter set through panel in base. With two reflecting finders, spirit level in film change handle with two Taylor Taylor Hobson double levels added. Covered in stitched calf leather with gilt fittings. R & J Beck.

De Luxe Frena camera, made by R and J Beck in England, c. 1892.

Fitted with a beck Steinheil Orthostigmat lens No. 10395 US 8-255, four apertures in rotating plate. Rotary shutter 5/10/20/40/ aperture and shutter setting visible through lens. Shutter set through panel in base. With two reflecting finders, spirit level in film change handle with two Taylor Taylor Hobson double levels added. Covered in stitched calf leather with gilt fittings.

The first Frena was introduced in 1892, based on the designs of J T Clarke. Frena was an acronym for ‘For Rapidly Exposing Negatives Automatically'. The Frena takes 40 films with interleaved card light shields. After a film has been exposed, pins in front of the film slide to coincide with notches on the film and release the film.

Details

Category:
Photographic Technology
Collection:
Kodak Collection
Object Number:
1990-5036/2837
Materials:
glass, gold plated (gilded), leather and metal (unknown)
type:
magazine camera
taxonomy:
  • 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