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The Photosphère was a camera designed for usage in tropical regions. Therefore it was made of metal. The shutter was formed like a bowl with a hole and placed inside the characteristic hemispheric frontside of the camera (2). Setting different shutter speeds was possible by clamping a spring (1). Napoléon Conti got the patent on this camera in 1888. About 4000 pieces (all variants together) had been produced.

Different plate magazines were attachable to the camera body's back: a double chassis made of mahagony, a double chassis made of steel, or a magazine for 12 plates made of metal.

Photosphère n°1

  • Type: plate camera
  • Manufacturer: Compagnie Française de Photographie
  • Year of patent: 1888
  • Films: 8×9cm dry plates
  • Lens: Cie. Francaise Aplanétique 92mm, or Zeiss Anastigmat 92mm
  • Shutter: bowl-like guillotine shutter
  • Viewfinder: removeable reflex finder (3)

Photosphère n°2

  • Type: plate camera
  • Films: 9×12cm dry plates
  • Lens: Cie. Francaise double symétrique 125mm, or Zeiss Anastigmat 125mm
  • Shutter: bowl-like guillotine shutter, 5 speeds
  • Viewfinder: removeable reflex finder
  • Image presented in this page of the RolleiOnly website

Photosphère n°3

  • Type: roll film camera
  • Films: 13×18cm roll film (48 exposures)
  • Lens: Cie. Francaise double symétrique 165mm, or Zeiss Anastigmat 165mm
  • Shutter: bowl-like guillotine shutter
  • Viewfinder: 2 reflex finders inside the camera body
  • Extra: water-level

Photosphère n°4 stéréoscopique (2 n°1-photophères in one)

  • Type: plate camera
  • Films: 18×9cm dry plates
  • Lens: 2× Cie. Francaise Aplanétique 92mm, or Zeiss Anastigmat 92mm
  • Shutter: 2 simultaneous bowl-like guillotine shutters
  • Viewfinder: removeable reflex finder

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