Self-Focusing Reflex - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Self-Focusing Reflex


Newman & Guardia Ltd



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f6.3, 6 " Zeiss Protarlinse, iris diaphragm to f45. Combinable lens of two f12.5, 11 " groups, iris to f45. Bayonet mount on front lens. Serial no. 60312 60338 .

Focal-plane, speeds 1/10 - 1/800, B, T. Adjustment by varying slit width.

Leather covered mahogany body, leather bellows.

3 " x 4 " plates held in changing box.

Bellows, focus to 1 ft. Double extension.

Reflex viewing through taking lens. Full-size ground glass screen for landscape only. Auxiliary Reflecting finder for portrait format exposures.
Mirror set separately to shutter. Mirror trips and raised by a spring.
Two 'T' levels. Two focusing scales for combined and rear lens component.

Rising front, cross front.

Serial Number:
R1557 , the shutter release plate carries the additional number of 28.


  • Changing box for 12 plates, with plate holders and pressure slide (same serial no. on slide as box). 1892 patent only. Serial no. 2478.
  • Auxiliary finder (Serial no. R1532).

This early reflex camera was based on the body of the Universal series, when introduced it was known as the Self-Focusing Reflex or simply the N&G Reflex. With the introduction of the Square Reflector it became the Long Focus Reflex and remained on sale for a few more years.

The focusing screen was the same size as the plate and so showed a landscape format, for vertical exposures the camera was held as for landscapes to focus and then turned on its side where the picture would be composed with the aid of a view-finder. N&G portrayed this as a benefit in that a revolving back need not be operated by the photographer. The mirror and shutter were inter-linked to prevent the shutter being set without the mirror being lowered, this prevented light reaching the plate. A rear focusing screen could be used for tripod work, the mirror could be locked in the up position when in this mode.

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Newman & Guardia

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