The Ilford Advocate is a white-enamelled die-cast aluminium alloy 35mm camera made in the UK by Kennedy Instruments, a subsidiary of Ilford. It was introduced in 1949 (series 1), and updated in 1952 (series 2) with a larger lens and flash sync; production stopped in 1957. The first batch of series 1 cameras has a chrome pressure plate.
The lens may be a Dallmeyer Anastigmat 35mm f/4.5 (series 1) or f/3.5 (series 2), stopping down to f/22 and focusing down to 3 feet, or a Wray Lustrar 35mm f/3.5. The camera has a rotary shutter, with speeds 1/25-1/200 second, plus 'B', and synchronised for flash on series 2. The flash terminal on the series 2 is a pair of sockets fitted to the side of the lens mount, of Ilford's own design, rather than a (by this time standard) PC socket; the camera was supplied with an accessory cable to connect to these.
|Advocate, series 1|
image by Jeremy Tilston (Image rights)
|Advocate, series 2, with flash sync sockets.|
image by Charlie Kamerman (Image rights)
|Early production chrome pressure plate|
image by Geoff Harrisson (Image rights)
- Seen at online auction 4/2013 on camera with black faceplate.
- Advocate II at the Living Image
- Advocate at Maurice Fisher's Photomemorabilia site, including a link to a pdf copy of the instruction manual for the Advocate II.
- The British Camera 1840-1960 The Jim Barron Collection, Lot 1
- Hercock & Jones (1979). Silver by the Ton. The History of Ilford Limited 1879-1979, p. 78.
- Andy Holliman (1986, unpublished ms). Face, People and Places. The Cameras of Ilford Limited 1899-1969.
- Colin Harding, 'Great White Hope-The Ilford Advocate' in Photographica World no. 68, March 1994, pp. 32-34.