Busch Optical Mfg. Co., also known as Busch Precision Camera Corporation was a camera maker in Chicago, Illinois, USA. The company was known for its versatile press cameras. Characteristic metal bodied Busch press cameras provided an optical finder and a big sports finder for image composition, and most models had also a rangefinder.

These folding bed view cameras had movable lens boards and accomodated professional flash photography. At least one model was sold under the brand name of a retailer. The cameras came equipped with fine lenses and shutters. For example the Tower Press camera with Schneider-Kreuznach Xenar lens in fast Synchro-Compur shutter.

Alphabetical List of Busch Cameras[]


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Companies of Chicago (Illinois)
Adams & Westlake | American Advertising and Research Co. | Bernard | Burke & James | Busch | Calumet | Candid | Chicago Camera Co. | Chicago Ferrotype Co. | Deardorff | De Vry | Geiss | Herold | Imperial | Kemper | Metropolitan Industries | Montgomery Ward | Pho-Tak | Rolls | Sans & Streiffe | Sears | Seymour | Spartus | The Camera Man | United States Camera Co. | Western Camera Manufacturing Co. | Yale | Zar | Zenith