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Magnus Niéll (1872-1962)[1] was a camera designer around the turn of the 20th century. He held patents relating to cameras of very different designs.

Niéll was Swedish,[2] but studied engineering in Germany,[1] and worked in London[3] Cologne[4] and New York.[2]

Cameras designed by Niéll


  1. 1.0 1.1 Svensk Kamerahistoria (in Swedish: scroll down quite far for Niéll) by Per-Anders Westman.
  2. 2.0 2.1 US Patent 769319, Photographic camera, filed 14 October 1903 and granted September 1904 to Magnus Niéll and Thomas Wallace (assigned one half of the patent rights). Archived at Espacenet, the patent search facility of the European Patent Office. The patent describes Niéll as 'a subject of the King of Sweden and Norway' and as resident in Manhattan. It describes the Expo Watch Camera (and the patent date is engraved on the camera in the example pictured in that page).
  3. British Patent 3194, Improvements in photographic cameras, filed 13 February 1899 and granted 13 January 1900 to Magnus Niéll. The patent describes a self-erecting baseboard camera for roll film, which has not been identified as any model made by a London firm. Niell's address is given as Maze Lodge, Forest Road Kew.
  4. British Patent 24350, An improved camera, filed 29 November 1901 and granted 4 October 1902 to Magnus Niéll. The patent describes the Lopa camera, made in Cologne by Niéll and Simons, apparently showing the Lopa II. It gives Niéll's address as 15 Probsteigasse, Cologne.