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Name That Camera
Q. I am looking to obtain information on a camera I picked up at a garage sale. I am a 35-year camera collector and have 350 cameras in my collection. What is odd and unique about this camera is that in 35 years and over 300 cameras, I have never seen or heard of this particular camera. It appears to be very old going by the condition of the case, maybe 50-60 years old. I can drop the bed down but the lens mount and the bellows won’t extend, even though everything inside is in mint condition. There’s a round metal nameplate on the top with the following markings: ICA Akt-Ges Dresden. The only other markings are embossed on the leather strap handle, to wit: Lloyd 535. I appreciate any help you can give me.
William D. Romez
A. Checking through several reliable reference guides I found a couple of references to Lloyd cameras, but none were model 535, and several are stereo cameras. One Lloyd model of 1910 was a folding camera for 8x10.5cm size exposures on roll film or 9x12cm on plates. It has a Dominar f/4.5 135mm lens in Compur 1-200 shutter and had a value of $35-$45 when this book was published in ’87. The Lloyd-Cupido 560 of ’22-’25 is a horizontally styled, self-erecting rollfilm model for 8.3x10.8cm images. It has a Hekla f/6.8 100mm lens in Compound shutter and helical focusing. It’s considered rare and had a price of $75-$125. A more recent reference book, McKeown’s Price Guide to Antique and Classic Cameras, 2001-2002 indicates the model 560 Lloyd is valued at $150-$225 now. Neither book provides a picture of these cameras though they had photos of the stereo models. Both do give (ICA) or (Huttig) after the name Lloyd in the index, which I assume is the manufacturer. The Blue Book, 12th Edition, from Hove
Collector Books, lists a Lloyd (Z510/17) from ’28-’31 as a black leather-covered folding rollfilm model with a Tessar 120mm f/4.5 lens in Compur shutter. It can be used with cut film with ground-glass focusing by sliding out the back cover plate and is marked with “Lloyd” in leather on the front of the camera. This sounds like the firm that made your camera even though they don’t list the exact model you purchased. You should be able to check the lens on your camera against the data I found and determine if your camera is one of these. My collection of old cameras is around 100 though I have seen many collections in stores and on several visits to the George Eastman House Museum in Rochester, New York, but I had never heard of or seen this brand name.
Q. I am looking for a source to buy 35mm cardboard slide mounts. Can you help me?
A. I checked the web pages for the major mail-order photo supply firms and although most carry glass and/or plastic slide mounts, I only found two that listed 35mm heat-seal cardboard mounts: 1) B&H Photo Video (www.bhphotovideo.com) lists a Pic brand of cardboard mounts, 1000 for $31.95; 2) Porter’s (www.porters.com) shows heat-seal cardboard mounts in quantities of 1000 for $43.99. This should give you a head start in locating this type of 35mm slide mount.
Short Load Film
Q. Do you know where I could get short exposure rolls like six frames, or as an option bulk film to do my own loading?
A. I assume you are seeking 35mm film since I don’t know of any other format film offered in bulk (long rolls) for loading yourself. I checked over the websites for several of the major supply houses—www.adorama.com, www.bhphotovideo.com, www.freestylephoto.biz, and www.porters.com—and they each list various supplies needed for 35mm bulk film loading, such as daylight-loading bulk film loaders, reusable cassettes, and even self-stick labels to put onto the cassettes so the camera’s sensor can read the ISO film speed of the film loaded into the cassette. Adorama showed 100-foot rolls of several different Kodak black and white and color negative films. Porters has a couple of different Kodak black and white films in both 100-foot and 50-foot lengths. Freestyle Photographic Supplies listed some film brands I’m not familiar with plus some Kodak films. B&H Photo Video offers a broad selection of black and white, color negative, and color slide Kodak bulk films. They also list other brands of film.
Q. I need to have three 4x5 positive color film transparencies made from 4x5 negatives. Can you help direct me to the right source?
A. I have a couple of suggestions. My primary contact at the Photo Marketing Association International (an organization many of the larger full-service labs belong to) is Member Service Specialist Connie Briggs. She told me if you e-mail her at email@example.com or call her at (800) 762-9287 she can look up the contact data for some of their member labs in your area that should be able to assist you. Also, there is a website for a group of Independent Photo Imagers (www.ipiphoto.com) that lists labs in your area after you input your zip code and a mileage radius. This group consists mostly of digital-oriented labs, but some may have wet processing and duplication capability for turning your 4x5 color negs into 4x5 chromes.
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