Filmplate Premo

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The Filmplate Premo is a folding bed camera for plates and film packs in several sizes, made by Kodak from 1906-16.[1] It is similar to the Film Premo, which was intended only for film packs. The camera illustrated is the No. 3A size, for postcard format (3¼×5½ inch); the camera was also made in quarter plate (3¼x4¼ inch), 4x5 inch and 5x7 inch sizes. McKeown states that from 1912, the cameras equipped with the best lenses and shutters were sold as the Filmplate Special Premo; the camera illustrated is a 'Special', with a Zeiss-Kodak Anastigmat (i.e. a Zeiss lens design made by Kodak under licence), and a Bausch & Lomb Compound shutter (again, made by B&L under licence from Deckel) with speeds 1 - 1/200 second, plus 'B' and 'T'. It has a thumb screw below the lens to fix the lens standard vertical. This and the other metal parts are nickel-plated. There is a brilliant finder, which can be turned for use in horizontal or vertical orientation.


  1. McKeown, James M. and Joan C. McKeown's Price Guide to Antique and Classic Cameras, 12th Edition, 2005-2006. USA, Centennial Photo Service, 2004. ISBN 0-931838-40-1 (hardcover). ISBN 0-931838-41-X (softcover)., p515.