Lite-Beam Focuser for cameras


Image: The Focus, December 1941

“In 1939, [James Caughey “Coy” Watson, Jr.] invented and manufactured the Coy Watson Lite Beam Focuser, a built-in camera device that assured accurate still camera focusing in total darkness. It’s believed this invention marked the first time a battery was ever placed in a camera.”
Excerpt from Associated Press obituary at .

Coy was an actor, photographer and cinematographer with an interesting life. Click on the archive link to learn about him.


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