|1910 catalog page|
scanned by Mario Groleau (Image rights)
The Panoram cameras are a range of swing-lens Panoramic cameras made in Rochester, New York, USA by Eastman Kodak between 1899-1928. The design was patented by Kodak Brownie designer Frank A. Brownell.
The Panorams have a swinging lens in a leather tube; and they have pronounced curves to the film plane, to match the movement of the lens. The swinging mechanism forms the shutter; the lens tube does not point at the film at either end of its travel, but exposes the length of the frame progressively as it turns to cover the angle of the shot.
Each, except the original No.4, has a fold-down door covering the lens when not in use. A small brilliant finder is mounted centrally on the top-front edge - some with a cover providing a mirror for eye-level use, supplemented by V-shaped sighting-lines across the top of the camera. The viewfinders are also equipped with spirit levels.
|Kodak No.1 Panoram (Original Model)|
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|Kodak No.3A Panoram|
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|Model||Film type||Frame size||Angle||Dates|
Original + models B,C,D
|No.4 Panoram B,C,D||103||3½x12"||142°||1900-26|
- The camera's serial number can be found engraved on the back of that door
- McKeown p.511
- On Scott's Photographica:
- US Patent 693583: Shutter for Photographic Cameras - granted 18 Feb 1902 to Frank A. Brownell; the patent for the Panoram's shutter. Drawings show the internal structure of the camera.
- US Patent 699161: Panoramic Camera - granted 6 May 1902 to Joseph Forsheim