This section is from the book "Uncle Alberts Manual Of Practical Photography And Guide To The Reproductive Processes", by Powell Perry. Also available from Amazon: Uncle Alberts Manual Of Practical Photography And Guide To The Reproductive Processes.
Naturally, in addition to the foregoing information, a certain amount of consideration should be given to the choice of a camera best suited to one's individual needs.
The Box Type Reflex Camera (Fig. 5), shown above has some obvious disadvantages and despite the maker's attempt to distract attention from its structural faults with an adjacent drawing of conjugal foci one should not be blinded to the physical difficulties of transporting such an apparatus "o'er hill and dale "... or even just "o'er hill." The smaller Spherical Model (Fig. 3) is more easily portable but suffers from the disadvantage that when in situ it has to be constantly guarded from small boys who, to use their own playful expression, "want to kick the ball off the stick "... shortsighted golfers have been known to take a swipe at it with a driver.
The writer favours the type of All-Purpose Camera shown here.
As can be seen, it can be used for Hand (Fig. 4), or Stand Work (Fig. 3), Hand-Stand Work (Figs. 2 and 4 combined and reversed), Short Focus (side angle) Lens (Fig. 1), Long Focus (Fig. 2), and No Focus (Fig-leaf); it can also easily be adapted to carry four medium sized sandwiches and a large apple and is much less conspicuous than the Lunch-Box Camera shown below.
An early Lunch-box Camera - now superseded by the type shown in Figs. 1, 2, 3 and 4.
We quote from the "Hand-Camera Manual ":- "The reader should understand "that many of the wonderful inventions we read of in the non-photographic "press are rarely, if ever, to be found on sale. Such a one, for instance, as the "Soda Water Bottle, which snap-shotted a man in the act of drinking. "These inventions are creditable - to the journalist. But there are some really "pushed as downright useful things, which are the merest roys in reality. In the "majority, to start with, the pictures are too small to be of any value. I have no "wish to offend, but I have certainly been surprised at the absolute rubbish "offered to the public, not only by the outsider but by the photographic dealer.
"The former I can understand, for he may not even know that it is desirable "that the camera should be light tight. His business is to sell the cameras. But "the photographic manufacturer or dealer, really must know sometimes that he "is putting forward to photographers mere toys. At the same time there are "novelties which are capable of first-class work, and with two of these I propose "to deal.