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Camera; Keystone, F8 Aircraft, 1944.

Very unusual, F-8 Aircraft camera, manufactured by the Keystone Manufacturing Company, Boston, Mass. The accompanying 72 page instruction and parts catalog is dated 1st January, 1944. The catalog was a restricted document "....to be used by personnel rendering service to the United States or it's Allies." The camera has a f5.6 Wollensak 15" telephoto lens. It takes a 5" x 7" image on special roll film 7" wide x 25' long. It has a focal plane shutter with speeds ranging from 1/125th to 1/500th of a second. It comes complete with a #12 minus blue filter in the original military style box. Because of the national sensitivity to aerial reconnaissance, throughout the 1940s and 50s, it is very possible that this camera was never issued commercially. Grade 1F....[more information available via subscription]

p4A Item A003731
Category:  photographica    Origin:  Massachusetts
Type:  cameras    Year:  1940 - 1959

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