Norton Oblique

The original Norton Camera


5 responses to “Norton Oblique

  1. 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.

  2. Hello,
    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: .

  3. 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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