Repromaster process cameras (repro cameras) were made in the 1970s and '80s by Agfa-Gevaert for repro work (copying and enlarging graphics, making half-tone and dot-screen reproductions) and making offset printing plates. They are vertically oriented (unlike larger process cameras, which are usually horizontal, as illustrated in the 'Repro camera' article).
The original to be photographed is placed on a copyboard (stage) near floor level, and lit by built-in lamps. The film (or offset plate) is held in the top section of the camera. Both the copyboard and the lens (mounted in a bellows) can be moved, to vary the focus and scale of reproduction.
Most Repromaster models have a 20x24-inch copyboard. They could be supplied with a choice of lenses; typically one 135 or 150 mm and the other 210 or 213 mm. These are f/9 or f/8, and stop down to f/64. An 80 mm f/4 lens also exists. Repromaster lenses were made by Staeble, which was taken over by Agfa.
Some models have a vacuum device to hold the original flat on the copyboard, and some have fluorescent lamps in the copyboard, allowing backlighting of translucent originals. Some camera functions are automated, with built-in exposure programs suited to various repro materials and tasks.
- Repromaster 310
- Repromaster 1000
- Repromaster 1300
- Repromaster 1600
- Repromaster 1850
- Repromaster 2100
- Repromaster 2200
- Repromaster 2800
- Repromaster 3500
It seems unlikely that all these models were produced at the same time: some were probably superseded by others.
- A 1985 catalogue for Charrette (drawing-office and reprographics supplies) at Nancy Adams' website (archived), who wrote some of the catalogue copy, shows (on page 10) pictures of three Repromaster cameras and a table of basic specifications of more.
- Forum post by forum-member 'Sevo', who claims to have been an intern there (sixth reply); at MFLenses forum. Other forum posts state that the Repromaster lenses are identical to Staeble's Ultragon lenses.
- Some sources refer to the 310 as the Repromaster Mark III, implying the existence of earlier models.