The constantly increasing demand for moresuitableapparatus, to be used in professional home-portrait work, is responsible for the introduction of the Eastman Home-Portrait Outfit. Men who knew the necessary essentials of such apparatus, took upon themselves the task of designing and making a camera that would meet the requirements of the photographer who is called upon to make portraits in the home. They have met with the obstacles every photographer meets with in home-portrait work, and these obstacles have been overcome. A practical camera and outfit for the practical photographer is the result. One which is so complete that when the plate holders are loaded, everything is provided for the photographer to step into a home and make portraits.

A Home-Portrait Outfit first of all must be compact; this outfit is readily carried in the two small cases. In these two cases are carried, the camera, nine plate holders, lens and shutter, lens hood, tripod, background and background carrier, reflecting screen with carrier and headcloth. The camera, tripod, and poles for reflector and background carrier are made of cherry, wax finished, while all metal parts of the outfit are copper oxidized. The camera has large square black leather bellows and a large front board which will accommodate any size lens. The camera bed is tilted by a rack and pinion, the camera back is reversible and is fitted with a focusing mirror. This focusing mirror is a very convenient device and is of particular advantage for home portrait work. The mirror sets at the proper angle to reflect the entire image as seen on the ground glass, the image being right side up The usual height of the camera necessary for home-portrait work makes focusing with a head-cloth very awkward, while with the focusing mirror, one may look in the opening of the leather hood without stooping, see the image, and focus in a more dignified manner without having to use a head-cloth. The focusing device folds up and may be slipped out of its groove as readily as a plate holder is drawn out, when it is desired to use the ground glass alone, or it may be partially raised for a look on the ground glass and dropped back into place again. There is practically never any top light in the average home to interfere with the use of this device and the image may always be seen at a glance as clearly as though a head-cloth were being used.

It is not necessary to speak at length regarding the popular Zeiss Anastiginats. The No. 6 Eastman Zeiss Anastigmat furnished with this outfit is of 10-inch focus, works at f:6.3, and will cover the plate perfectly at the full opening. In fact, it will cover a 6 1/2 x 8 1/2 plate. The shutter is an automatic double valve type having a lever to open the wings for focusing, and is finished in black. Bulb and six feet of tubing is furnished with shutter. There is also a black velvet-lined sole leather hood for the lens.

The tripod has an aluminum top and sliding legs, which are tipped with rubber. Stays run from each leg to a rod in the center, which is a continuation of the tripod screw. These stays keep the legs rigid, so the entire tripod may be picked up and moved about without collapsing. In folding, the tripod closes up like an umbrella, with the stays in the center.

The background is out of the ordinary, being made of a special imported willow cloth of excellent design and color for photographing. The material is very rich in appearance and folds into a very small space. The background is 7 ft. long by 8 ft. wide, and when hung on pole in folds. is 5 ft. 6 in. wide. The background pole is in three sections and is attached to an Eastman Background Carrier, the background being attached to the pole by a series of brass rings. The ground hangs in graceful folds like a piece of rich drapery, or may be stretched tight by fastening the rings into the grooves at either end of the pole.

The reflector is made of white opaque Holland shade cloth, and will reflect the maximum amount of light. It is mounted on a pole and hung on a stand similar to the background carrier, but there is a rod attached to carrier which holds the reflector at any desired angle. The reflector and background carriers have cloth bags with which they may be covered when folded.

The carrying cases are made of brown Spanish Rutan, which is water-proof and very closely resembles alligator skin. The camera case is provided with a strap which runs under the holders and permits of their being instantly drawn out. There are nine holders finished in cherry, and an extra front board for the camera. The holders are similar to the Universal and are easy to load and unload. The outfit includes a 40 x 48-inch head-cloth of an Italian fabric, which may be used to cover the lower half of a window when making home-portraits, or as a head-cloth when making exterior views.

A word will not be amiss as to the working of the camera itself. As will be seen by the illustration (Fig. 3), the binding nut on the bed may be loosened and the camera slid off the bed and re-versed. This places the tilting device at the front of the camera, and with the front board raised, we practically have a skyscraper camera. For most view work, it is advisable to remove the focusing mirror and use the head-cloth. The camera has all the movements of the ordinary view camera and may be readily used for such work.