Sun Ray Photo is an American company based in New York, NY during the 1940's and 1950's.
|Sun Ray Mastercraft enlarger, February 1940 Popular Photography |
scan courtesy Voxphoto (Image rights)
|1940's Sun Ray Zenith 35 with the Elgeet 51mm 1:4 enlarging lens|
image by Bryce Milton (Image rights)
All models employed a double-condenser head with bellows focusing mechanism, save the Aristocrat A (which used a diffusion head):
- Sun Ray Aristocrat A
- Sun Ray Mastercraft 23
- Sun Ray Mastercraft 45
- Sun Ray Model A Mastercraft
- Sun Ray Model B Mastercraft
- Sun Ray Model B Miniture
- Sun Ray Model C Mastercraft
- Sun Ray Model C Miniture
- Sun Ray Model D Arnold
- Sun Ray Craftsmen
- Sun Ray Filmaster
- Sun Ray Grant Miniature
- Sun Ray Grant Senior
- Sun Ray Zenith 35
- This sturdy (11 pound) die-cast aluminium alloy portable enlarger was originally designed for military use in the field. 
- Deployed as part of a complete suitcase-portable field darkroom kit that included the Bolsey B Special Special camera.
- You can get a general idea of what these portable darkrooms looked like by viewing this video: "Cameras Used Before and During WW2"
- This 35mm format enlarger was designed to make prints from contact size up to 11"x14", and was designed for either vertical or horizontal projection.
- Surviving the demise of the Sun Ray Company, the Zenith 35 continued in production by the TestRite company into the 1960's.
- ↑ "JAPANESE PLAN A PHOTO CENTER" (New York, NY: New York Times, October 9, 1955; Page 24, Section X)
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 Kalton C. Lahue & Joseph A. Bailey, "Glass, Brass, & Chrome" (Norman, Oklahoma: University of Oklahoma Press, 2002; ISBN 0-8061-3434-8)
- ↑ "DARKROOM EQUIPMENT" (New York, NY: Popular Photography, Ziff-Davis Publishing, Feb 1956; Vol. 38, Num. 2, Pg. 314)