Prince plate folders
The Prince is a Japanese 6.5×9cm plate folder, certainly distributed by Fukada Shōkai, owner of the Prince brand name and of the P.C.W. logo found on at least one example. One source attributes the camera to Fujimoto, which later manufactured the Semi Prince for Fukada, but this is unconfirmed.
(See the Prince page for a discussion of the various cameras with that name.)
The Prince has an all-metal vertical body. The single extension bellows is driven by a small focusing wheel on the photographer's right, and there is a distance scale on the left. The U-shaped front standard is made of a single piece of alloy, and no movement ability is visible. There is a swivelling brilliant finder and a wireframe finder, with a small rectangular eyepiece on the rear.
The Prince is pictured in McKeown with a Perfect shutter by Neumann & Heilemann reportedly giving 5–150 speeds and a Kenngott Anastigmat Vidar 10.5cm f/4.5 lens. Another surviving example has been observed, identified for sure by a round P.C.W. logo attached to the left-hand side of the body. It has a Rulex shutter by Neumann & Heilemann, and an f/4.5 lens made by the same company.
Another 6.5×9cm plate folder with a different body, simpler folding struts and a differently located tripod screw, has been reported as a Prince, perhaps by mistake. It has a Schneider Radionar 10.5cm f/4.5 lens and a dial-set Pronto shutter (T, B, 100, 50, 25, self-timer).
- 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). P.331.
The Prince is not listed in Kokusan kamera no rekishi (perhaps because it is older than 1935) nor in Sugiyama.