Ilford Advocate

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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.[1] 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.


  1. Seen at online auction 4/2013 on camera with black faceplate.