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The original to be photographed is placed on a copyboard (stage) near floor level, and lit by built-in lamps. The film (or offset plate) is held in the top section of the camera. Both the copyboard and the lens (mounted in a bellows) can be moved, to vary the focus and scale of reproduction.
 
The original to be photographed is placed on a copyboard (stage) near floor level, and lit by built-in lamps. The film (or offset plate) is held in the top section of the camera. Both the copyboard and the lens (mounted in a bellows) can be moved, to vary the focus and scale of reproduction.
  
Most models have a 20x24-inch copyboard.<ref name=NA>A [http://nladams.com/ch_supp.pdf 1985 catalogue for Charrette] (drawing-office and reprographics supplies) shows (on page 10) pictures of three Repromaster cameras and a table of basic specifications of more; at [http://nladams.com/index.shtml Nancy Adams]' website (she wrote some of the catalogue copy).</ref> Most were supplied with more than one lens; typically one 135 or 150 mm and the other 210 or 213 mm. Some models have a vacuum device to hold the sensitive material flat in the focal plane. Some have lamps in the copyboard, allowing backlighting of the original. Some camera functions are automated, with built-in exposure programs suited to various repro materials and tasks.
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Most models have a 20x24-inch copyboard.<ref name=NA>A [http://nladams.com/ch_supp.pdf 1985 catalogue for Charrette] (drawing-office and reprographics supplies) shows (on page 10) pictures of three Repromaster cameras and a table of basic specifications of more; at [http://nladams.com/index.shtml Nancy Adams]' website (she wrote some of the catalogue copy).</ref> They could be supplied with a choice of lenses; typically one 135 or 150 mm and the other 210 or 213 mm. Some models have a vacuum device to hold the original flat on the copyboard, and some have fluorescent lamps in the copyboard, allowing backlighting of translucent originals. Some camera functions are automated, with built-in exposure programs suited to various repro materials and tasks.
  
  

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Repromaster process cameras (repro cameras) were made in the 1970s and '80s by Agfa-Gevaert for repro work (copying and enlarging graphics, making half-tone and dot-screen reproductions) and making offset printing plates. They are vertically oriented (unlike larger process cameras, which are usually horizontal, as illustrated in the 'Repro camera' article).

The original to be photographed is placed on a copyboard (stage) near floor level, and lit by built-in lamps. The film (or offset plate) is held in the top section of the camera. Both the copyboard and the lens (mounted in a bellows) can be moved, to vary the focus and scale of reproduction.

Most models have a 20x24-inch copyboard.[1] They could be supplied with a choice of lenses; typically one 135 or 150 mm and the other 210 or 213 mm. Some models have a vacuum device to hold the original flat on the copyboard, and some have fluorescent lamps in the copyboard, allowing backlighting of translucent originals. Some camera functions are automated, with built-in exposure programs suited to various repro materials and tasks.


Cameras

  • Repromaster 310[2]
  • Repromaster 1000
  • Repromaster 1300
  • Repromaster 1600
  • Repromaster 1850
  • Repromaster 2100
  • Repromaster 2200
  • Repromaster 2800
  • Repromaster 3500

There is also the RPS 2024 Superautomatic Vertical Camera, apparently a similar device, perhaps not named as one of the Repromaster range to emphasise its advanced electronic controls.[1]

It seems unlikely that all these models were produced at the same time: some were probably superseded by others.

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 A 1985 catalogue for Charrette (drawing-office and reprographics supplies) shows (on page 10) pictures of three Repromaster cameras and a table of basic specifications of more; at Nancy Adams' website (she wrote some of the catalogue copy).
  2. Some sources refer to the 310 as the Repromaster Mark III, implying the existence of earlier models.