The original Norton Camera
Are these cameras still in working condition? What film would be comparable to the original film? What format?
Xavier, the film format is not like anything currently in production. 35mm is a hair too wide and the sprocket holes are in the exposed area. Some folks have cut their own from wider film like 120, but then you need a paper backing to complete the job.
I just received my own copy of the Norton version, complete with box. I have a question you might be able to help me with. Actually, there are two. First, in every photo I can find of the Norton, there are two holes in the body. One is filled by the take-up reel and knob. What seals up the other one? I am assuming there is more to block the light than just the end of the film reel. Perhaps a plug of some kind? Your photo, Pacific Rim Camera’s, and the eBay seller I purchased from all show a hole- nothing in it. Second, was there a ‘user manual’? I’d say it was probably more along the lines of a slip of paper.
Thanks in advance for any help.
Greg, the Norton had an unusual spool that had a wind knob included. The knob passed through the hole in the body, and had a light baffle or step at the point where it passed through the opening. If you look closely at my picture, you’ll see the knurled knob on the take-up spool. As to the manual, it looks to be a four-pager. Check this link for images: http://www.image66media.com/page21.html .
Thanks for the reply. It clears things up. So, when I respool on the ‘normal’ Univex spools, I will have to put a plug of some kind in the ‘feed’ end. The link to the massive user’s manual is just what I wanted.
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