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Edward Eves Limited was a camera maker in Leamington Spa, England in the 1950s. Eves himself was a professional photographer, known for motor sport photography among other work.[1][2] The company made one-shot colour-separation cameras, i.e. cameras in which the image-forming light is split into three parts to expose three monochrome plates simultaneously, each filtered through a red, blue or green filter. The three images are then combined in printing, to make a true colour image. The camera bodies are cast in Elektron magnesium alloy.

Eves made cameras in two sizes:[3]

  • Blockmaster Studio de Luxe; 4x5 inch[4]
  • Miniature; 2½x3½ inch (6.5x9cm)

The company closed in 1972,[5] and Edward Eves died in 1999.[1]


Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 About the photographers at motor sports photography agents Jarrotts; Eves is described as 'arguably one of the greatest post-war motor racing photographers', and it is noted that he was an early user of colour.
  2. Two of Eves' photographs of racing driver Stirling Moss; lot 62 in the Summer Classic Sale Important Collectors' Automobilia, Motorcycles and Motor Cars by Bonhams, Oxford on 20 June 2015.
  3. Advertisement for Eves cameras in the British Journal Almanac 1954, p263. Archived at Internet Archive. The advertisement offers the Blockmaster with an f/6.8 Cooke Aviar and Compound shutter, and the Miniature with an f/4.5 Wray Lustrar and Synchro-Compur.
  4. Eves Blockmaster camera with 8¼-inch f/8 Aviar Series II, sold at the 13th Westlicht Photographica Auction in June 2008.
  5. London Gazette 8 February 1972, p1589, including Edward Eves Limited in a list of companies to be dissolved after a further three months.


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