The Dallmeyer Snapshot is a strut-folding camera taking 2¼×3¼" (6×9) exposures. It is a metal camera with simple settings: Distant, Medium and Near for focusing, Bright and Dull for aperture, Fast, Slow and Time for speed (1/40, 1/20 and T). There is a brilliant finder in the front plate, normally for vertical pictures, but which can be oriented to take horizontal shots. The lens is a Dallmeyer Anastigmat f/6, with no focal length indicated.
The first model, presented in 1929, uses film packs and has a folding frame finder in addition to the brilliant finder. A Dallmeyer Snapshot De Luxe appeared the following year. It is marked De Luxe and has leather (or leatherette?) covering instead of black paint. Apart from this, no difference is visible.
In 1931 a rollfilm model appeared, taking 120 film. It exists both in normal and De Luxe versions. It has no folding frame finder, but has a folding leg to stand vertically.
The Snapshot was sold until well into the 1930s.
It is sometimes said that the film pack model was made by Dallmeyer itself and the rollfilm model was made by Houghton-Butcher and marked as such. Other sources say that all the Snapshot were made by Houghton-Butcher.
Bibliography[edit | edit source]
- Channing, Norman and Dunn, Mike. British Camera Makers. An A-Z Guide to Companies and Products. London : Parkland Designs, 1996. ISBN 0-9524630-0-8 P.40.
- McKeown, James M. and Joan C. McKeown's Price Guide to Antique and Classic Cameras, 12th Edition, 2005-2006. USA, Centennial Photo Service, 2004. ISBN 0-931838-40-1 (hardcover). ISBN 0-931838-41-X (softcover). P.240.
- The British Camera 1840-1960 The Jim Barron Collection, Christies auction catalogue.