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The Kershaw Eight-Twenty Curlew is a heavily-built folding camera taking eight 6x9cm exposures on 120 rollfilm. Kershaw of Leeds, England, prototyped the Curlew in 1947, but production ran from 1950-1952. Less than 300 Curlews were made in total[1] - over three models:

Model Lens Shutter
Curlew I Kershaw Critak 105mm f6.5 3-speed
Curlew II Kershaw Critak 105mm f4.5 Epsilon, 4-speed, 1/25-1/150
Curlew III Taylor Hobson Roytal 105mm f/3.8 Talykron 1s-1/400
Curlew III Taylor Hobson Roytal 105mm f/4.5 Epsilon 1/25-1/150[2]

Models II & III have double-exposure prevention; the III has a frame-measuring device to stop winding at the correct point - which adds a small switch to the back of the top-plate, marked FREE/LOCK. The name and model is inscribed both on the top plate, behind the shutter release, and on the front - below the viewfinder. The top plate has a flip-up optical viewfinder, with a "ready to expose" indicator, showing black when winding is required and red when ready. The back door is plain except for an octagonal red window, with a thumb-knob-operated internal cover. The folding bed is released by a large button in the base. The film spools sit in hinged carriers to aid insertion and removal.

  1. McKeown, p458
  2. McKeown lists this version with, surprisingly, a downgraded lens and shutter

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