Category: Photography

Lite-Beam Focuser for cameras

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Image: The Focus, December 1941 https://archive.org/details/focus171941181942sanf?q=%22Lite+Beam+Focuser%22

“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 http://archive.signalscv.com/archives/10797/ .

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

Camera flash synchronizer

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Professsional photographers needed to be sure that the bulb would flash exactly when the camera shutter was open. This device from a manufacturer in Hollywood filled the bill. The Speed Graphic camera was the mainstay of press photographers. The wire outline above the lensboard was a sports finder. It provided a “good enough” indication of what would appear on the film as the photographer looked through it when following moving subjects.