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51153’ 9, 1946'
Filed Oct. 27, 1944
2 Sheets-‘Skeet 1
July 9, 1946'
Filed Oct. 2'7, 1944
2 Sheets-Sheet 2
Patented July 9, 1946
‘John W. McFarlane and Charles F. Andrews,
Rochester, N. Y., assignors to Eastman Kodak
Company, Rochester, N. Y., a corporation of
New Jersey
Application October 27, 1944, Serial No’. 560,627 '
2 Claims.
1 _
This invention relates to photography and par
ticularly to a photographic out?t which will en
able relatively unskilled operators to make photo
graphs of objects at ?xed magni?cation under
?xed lighting conditions. One object of our in
vention is to provide an apparatus which can be
readily supported by an operator to take pictures
(Cl. 88—.24_)~
ture, since the lighting conditions can always be
maintained the same and in which separate focus
ing forv each photograph is unnecessary. To ac
complish this, we prefer to provide a support, in
the form of an elongated base member I, which is
preferably made 'long'and narrow. Near the ‘cen
tral part of this base member there isa means 2 for
supporting a camera 3, this means carrying a tri
of small objects, such as tools, flowers and the
pod screw 4 by which the camera is attached to the
like, and to provide a means which will simplify
producing such pictures. Another object of our 10 block. On each side of the camera 3 are mounted
invention is to provide a hand-held camera sup
port so arranged that it can be used with either
one or both hands of an operator and to provide
a support in which the various cooperating parts
lamps, such as ?ood lamps 5, these beingv carried
by suitable sockets 6, the sockets‘ in turn being
carried by brackets ‘I. The brackets ‘land lamps
5 are so shaped that they may be swung upon
arewall carried in convenient operating positions 15 shaft portions 8 which pass through the ends of
the base I and they may be fastened at any;.de
so as to reduce the number of operations in tak
sirable angle by means of the wing nuts ‘9. The
ing a picture to a minimum. Another object of
position and shape of the brackets 1 is such that
our invention is to provide a device which is read
there is but little change in the balance of the
ily portable for photographing small objects and
to provide a single self-contained unit which will 20 support I regardless of the positioninto'which
these brackets are swung.
carry all of the necessary parts for producing ex
On each side of they camera 3 we provide rod
posures. A still further object of our invention
supporting apertures H) as shown in Fig. 5, these
is to provide a support carrying frames which both
apertures passing through the support VI’. "On the
de?ne the ?eld of an exposure as well as the focus
of the camera. Other objects will appear from 25 upper side of the support, we provide bayonet
type latches in the form of plates H mounted to
the following speci?cation, the novel features
slide on studs I 2. Flanges l3 may be provided for
being particularly pointed out in the claims at
convenience for sliding these bayonet latches.
the end thereof.
The rod apertures I0 aredesigned to support‘one
In the drawings wherein like reference char
acters denote like parts throughout:
30 or more focus determining rods l4, these rods hav
ing notches Hi to be engaged by the bayonet latch
Fig. 1 shows a perspective view of a photo
plate Hand preferably-having a cross bar‘ 16
graphic out?t constructed in accordance with
for locating the rods inathe base I as shownv in Fig.
and embodying a preferred form of our inven
5. In the form of the ‘invention shown-in the‘ ?rst
'Fig. 2is a section taken on line 2-2 of Fig,’ 1; " four ?gures the focus determining rod-may con
sist of a rod member bent at ll outwardly, being
Fig. 3 is a rear view of a portion of the device
bent again at l8 and H! to form a frame des
shown in Fig. 1 but with the parts on an enlarged
ignated broadly as 20 which will both de?ne the
?eld of view of the lens and a particular focal
Fig. 4 is a top plan view of the device shown in
~10 distance for the ‘lens. The rod is also bent up
Fig. 1 also on an enlarged scale;
wardly at 2| so that, in effect, it provides a U
Fig. 5 is a fragmentary sectional detail on line
shaped frame member which can be attached to
5-—5 of Fig. 4;
the support | in the manner described. This rod
Fig. 6 is a fragmentary perspective view of a
member carries a cross bar It between the two
different embodiment of our invention from that
as in. ends :4 of the rod, this crossbar supporting a
shown in the preceding ?gures; and
frame 22, best shown in Fig. 3, the frame carry
Fig. 7 is a perspective view of a modi?ed form
ing a supplemental lens 23 of such power that the
of the view locating and focus determining frame
camera objective'will be focused on an. object
lying within the frame 2i}.
» In order to provide a photographing out?t
While the frame ZO-may be used as a stand
which can be successfully and. easily used by rela 50
which will support the camera 3 above an object
tively inexperienced photographers, we have pro
to be photographed, we provide a pair of unsym
vided a device in which most of the usual variables
metrically arranged handles 25 and 26,.one of
in making a photograph can be ?xed. That is, we
these handles 25 being mounted near the center
provide a camera which can conveniently be al
of gravityofthe support I with its various at
ways operated at a ?xed speed and a given aper
tachments and the other handle 26 being mount
ed nearer one end of the support I. The location
ried by the support 62 on which the camera 63 is
also carried.
of these handles is important, because it enables
an operator to support the entire photographing
out?t readily with one hand by grasping the han
tary lens ‘64 of the desired power and, since the
rods 54 are accurately positioned on the base
dle 25 and to use the handle 26 for guiding the
member 62 in a manner similar to that described
The upper cross bar 51 supports a supplemen
base I with its attachments into the desired posi
tion. In addition, while holding the out?t by the
for the embodiment shown in the first four fig
ures, the supplementary lens 64 is always coax
ially positioned with respect to the camera lens
handle 25, it is a. simple matter to wind ?lm
through the camera by means of the usual wind 10 carried by the shutter 66. We may provide bafiie
plates 51 on each side of the camera to prevent
ing knob 21 on the camera 3.
direct rays from the lamps 60 from striking the
We prefer to provide a lamp switch 28 adjacent
the handle 25 so that the lamps may be simul
One particularly desirable feature of this last
taneously turned on when a photograph is to be
described embodiment of our invention is that,
made or an object is to be illuminated. We also
since the supporting board 55 is preferably
prefer to mount an operating plunger an for a
painted a neutral gray and since a glass panel 58
cable release 3| attached to the camera shutter
supporting the work W to be photographed is used
32 for operating the shutter and to provide the
above this base, the lamps illuminate the back—
operating plunger 3|] either directly on the handle
26 or on an adjacent part of the support I. Thus 20 ground and provide a picture of the work W which
is clearly set out from the background, and the
the operations of lighting the lamp and making
shadows cast by the work W are beyond the field
the exposure can be carried out while steadying
of view. Of course this type of device cannot be
the out?t by holding it with both handles 25
used in many instances, as where it is necessary
and 26.
The operation of taking pictures with the out?t
to photograph a piece of work being turned on a
as thus far described is extremely simple. Since
the illumination of the ?ood lamps 51s always the
same for the ?xed distance determined by the
frame 20, an operator merely supports the out?t
by the handle 25 steadying it with the handle 26
and lowers the frame 20 until it partially sur
rounds the object to be photographed and until
lathe, for instance, or some other part which is
inseparable from its surroundings. In such a
it approaches or lies in substantially the same
plane as the article to be photographed. When
so positioned, the light switch 28 is turned on
and the cable release plunger 30 is depressed,
thus making an exposure.
This operation can
case, we prefer to use the embodiment of our in
vention shown in Fig. 1 in which the model frame
28 defines the ?eld of view and focus.
In Fig. '7 we have shown a slight modification
of our field de?ning frame and, in this instance,
two downwardly extending rods 10 are employed,
these rods being connected by a crosspiece ‘H
carrying a supplemental lens 12. At the lower
end of these rods there are turned-over portions
13 to which the end members 14 of a generally
U-shaped frame 15 are attached by means of
be carried out by laying an article to be photo
pivots 1B. The shape of this hinged connection
graphed on a suitably colored card and allowing 40 is such that the U.-shaped frame may be swung
the supporting rod l4 with its frame 20 to rest
into a position in which it will de?ne the field of
on the table with the article properly located in
view and, if necessary or convenient, before tak
the frame 20.
ing the picture the U-shaDed member 15 may be
We prefer to provide a series of different size
swung out of its operating position de?ning the
frames 20, each different size, of course, having
?eld of view and into the position shown in this
different length arms for engaging the support I.
figure. Sleeve 11 may be slid over the hinged
Each frame cross bar l6 will carry a supple
joint to hold the frame 15 in an operative posi
mentary lens 23 of the correct power to focus an
tion. It is obvious that the locating frames can
be made in various sizes and shapes and that by
object encircled by the frame on the ?lm. Each
selecting the proper supplemental lens these 10
time a new frame or focus and view determining
cating frames can be interchangeably used on the
rod is applied to the base I, the camera will
support such as I or 62, without any alteration in
therefore be automatically focused by the addi
the camera.
tion of the supplementary lens.
The operation of using these devices is sub
While we have shown the base I to be con
stantially the same with either the open type of
structed of light wood, we would prefer this to
frame shown in Fig. 1 or the glass panel type of
be made of a light-weight metal casting, although
frame shown in Fig. 6. Whatever the type of
the material of which the support is made is not
frame the complete out?t can be supported or
particularly important.
steadied by the handles 25 and 26 and, since the
In Fig. 6 we have shown a slightly different
light switch 28 and the shutter release 30 are con—
embodiment of focus determining frame and in
veniently held adjacent these handles, it is only
this instance the frame is particularly designed
necessary to frame the article to be photo
for extremely small articles. In this form of our
graphed, operate the switch 28 to light lamps,
invention there is a pair of rods 54 which may
press the shutter release 30 to make an ex
be carried on one end by a supporting member
posure. By using known types of flood lights for
55 preferably of a neutral gray color. The rods
lamps 5 and 50, we are able to take pictures at
54 support cross bars 55 and 51. the former cross
magni?cations at a small stop, as for in
bar carrying a glass panel 58 which may support
stance f/ll, and that a relatively fast shutter
the work W to be photographed. In order to
speed, such as 1/30 of a second, both the stop and
define the field of view encompassed by the cam
exposure time being desirable because the stop
era we provide a generally U-shaped member 59
affords suf?cient depth of ?eld to take care of ob
which can also conveniently be made of metal or
jects or parts of objects which lie slightly to
a transparent substance. Thus an article W to be
either side of the plane of the frame 20 or 58
photographed is held in a position in which it
and because the shutter speed of 1/50 of a second
may be illuminated by the lamps 60, these lamps
is su?iciently short to permit an operator to take
being carried by ‘the adjustable brackets 6| car
a picture while holding the out?t in his hands
without shaking the camera. In both the em
bodiments of our invention we may point out that
of small objects including a support adapted to
be supported by hand and comprising a long,
by having one of the handles 25 at substantially
the center of gravity of the out?t, it is possible
thin, rod-like base, a screw for attaching a cam
era with its lens and shutter to a medial portion
of said base and with the lens axis transverse
to support the out?t by one hand without undue
di?iculties, this being useful not only in taking
pictures, but particularly for winding ?lm be
tween pictures. The handle 26 also is usually
used to help support the, out?t because of the
to the length of the base, a pair of lamps, lamp
brackets movably mounted on the ends of the
base and to both sides of the camera-attaching
screw, handles for supporting said base extend
added steadiness that the use of two handles usu
ing from the base at an angle thereto, a lamp
ally gives. We have found, however, that it is 10 switch carried by the base adjacent a handle
extremely desirable to provide the handles of the
thereof, a shutter release carried by the base
base in such a position that the out?t can be
adjacent a handle thereof, a focus and ?eld de
properly balanced either with one hand or with
termining frame having rod ends detachably
both. While the handle 25 is not at the exact
fastened to the frame, one on each side of the
center of gravity of the out?t, it nevertheless is
screw for attaching the camera, said focus and
su?iciently close to enable an operator to position
?eld determining frame including a U-shaped
and move the out?t with one hand.
frame formed at substantially right angles to the
While not necessary, it is convenient to leave
lens axis and a supplementary lens carried by
the camera objective focused on in?nity and pro
the rod ends and positioned for alignment with
vide the supplemental lenses of a power to bring 20 the lens axis whereby said frame may be po
into sharp focus, an object located by the focus
sitioned, the switch may be operated and the
and ?eld-indicating frame. This avoids the ne
shutter may be released while said frame is sup
cessity of ever altering the focus of the camera
ported by the handles.
lens, thereby reducing manual adjustments for
2. A device for the rapid photographing of
25 small objects as de?ned in claim 1 characterized
different frames.
While we have described and illustrated pre
by the handles being located beneath the sup
ferred embodiments of our invention, it is obvi
port at substantially right angles thereto and
ous that various changes can be made in the
being unsymmetrically located thereon, one han
shape and construction of the various parts with
dle being located at substantially the center of
out departing from our invention as de?ned in 30 gravity and the other near one end thereof.
the following claims.
What we claim is:
1. A device for use in the rapid photographing
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