Did you ever hurry into your dark-room, or some other portion of your studio, and crash down goes a rack full of negatives? Mighty careless to leave 'em there, but it is such a hard thing to find a good place to dry negatives. Usually the best place to dry them is just the place some one will run against or fall over them. In our own model studio we feel that this is one of the problems we have satisfactorily solved. As shown in the accompanying diagram the negative dryer is a part of the loading bench, the negatives being racked on a slatted shelf underneath the bench, and protected by a slatted door, entirely out of the way of any one working within the room. The hinged door may be let down and supported by a stop, as shown in the drawing, forming a shelf when placing the negatives in the dryer or withdrawing them for examination. At one end of the shelf is placed an electric fan for creating a current of air. The fan is wired in connection with an incandescent bulb, which may be turned on whenever necessary to reduce the speed of the fan. Fastened to the wall over the loading bench is a convenient cupboard for the storage of plates or extra holders. The ruby light for use in loading plates is shielded by an opaque revolving reflector, which may be turned so as to allow the light to shine in any direction.

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Another simple and convenient feature is the cord and brass pipe counter-weight, for suspending the dust brush just where you want it and acting as an insurance against the "just borrowing it for a minute" habit.

This changing table and negative dryer can be easily constructed by any carpenter with the diagram to aid him.

An Annoyance Avoider

Practically every photographer finds more or less use for a view camera. For the commercial and view man this type of instrument is indispensable and the regular studio man frequently finds use for it. There are view cameras and view cameras, many of them have shortcomings that evidence themselves just when you least expect them or when they are most distressingly annoying.

Working in a hurry, we all know how cantankerous that long threaded screw that locks the extension bed to the camera body can be, and how wobbly some of the view boxes are, especially when we are using extremely short focus lenses. Most of us have experienced the delightful sensation incident upon discovering that part of our negative has been cut off because we forgot to loop up the bellows. Then again, through some misfortune we happened to insert our plate holder slide corner wise, making room for a ray of light that squirts fog clear across the plate.

All of us have been hoping for a view box that would avoid all these distressing little annoyances, that would in addition be light, strong, compact and handsome in appearance - and at last we have it, a good deal nearer the ideal view camera than we ever expected to find.

It's called the Empire State No. 2, has double swing, rising and falling front actuated by rack and pinion, front and back focus, reversible back, strap handle and comes with case and plate holder.

Yes, you've seen cameras before with these features, but note these important advantages.

Sliding Tripod Block

This is a heavy block which clamps rigidly at any point of the front extension so that the box may be supported directly above the tripod when short focus lenses are used.

Automatic Bellows Support

You can't forget to hook up the bellows, for this simple device automatically keeps the bellows up in place at all times. Requires no attention. Folds automatically when camera is closed.

New Light Protector

This is a supplementary light trap made into the camera back, so that leakage is impossible even if the plate holder trap were defective. No need to throw the cloth over the camera back when withdrawing the slide.

New Extension Clamp

The old fashioned long threaded screw has been replaced in this model by a special clamp which is merely pushed in and given a quarter turn to hold each extension absolutely rigid.

Ease Of Operation

All operating nuts are located on the right hand side. Clamping nuts on the left. No confusion in operating and clamping. No chance of tightening an adjustment while trying to manipulate it.

From An Aristo Platino Print By H. E. Gray Houston, Texas.

From An Aristo Platino Print By H. E. Gray Houston, Texas.

Complete description of this camera can be had from the Rochester Optical Division. These are the prices:

5

X

7,

$-23.00

Draw

22

inches

6 1/2

X

8 1/2,

25.00

".

27

"

8

X

10,

28.00

4 i

30

"