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Benetfink & Co. Ltd. was an optical company based at 107-108 Cheapside, London EC[1]. They had made optical lanterns and slides since c.1845, as Benetfink & Jones, in 1852 as Benetfink & Co., in 1862 as Benetfink & Fox[2], and at the end of that century (again as Benetfink & Co) made several box-form cameras, usually with a falling plate structure[3].

In the early 1900s the company was bought out by A.W. Gamage, the department store company.


  • Lightning Detective Camera, c1895
  • Lightning Hand Camera, c.1903
  • Speedy Detective Camera


  1. Benetfink on the London Project
  2. Henc R A De Roo's Magic Lantern pages
  3. McKeown 12th ed, p.126

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