|CA Minimum Palmos by Raúlm|
This camera has been in my family for, at least, three generations.
My grandfather used it in his honeymoon, he passed it to my father, that never used it, he had it only for display, my father gave it to me on my birthday in 2008.
This camera was produced by ICA A.G. between 1909 and 1926. Before that it was made by Palmos A.G. Jena, a camera company owned by Carl Zeiss Jena, since 1902.
ICA A.G. Dresden (International Camera A.G.) was formed in 1909 by the merger of several camera companies:
Palmos A.G. Jena, Wünsche Dresden, R. Hüttig & Sohn Berlin and Dr. R. Krugener Frankfurt a.M.
A few years later G. Zulauf and Co. Zurich. merged to ICA A.G.
When Zeiss Ikon A.G. started it's operations in 1926, it was the end of ICA A.G.
|ICA Minimum Palmos by Raúlm|
Ica Minimum Palmos Model B (#456)
Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar f=15cm 1:4,5
Lens shift and 90º rotation
Helicoid focusing front element
Strut folding camera
Vertical cloth focal plane shutter 1/15-1/1000
9x12cm sheet film
This is a very compact camera, for a 9x12 sheet camera. It presents an impressive range of shutter speeds due to it's focal plane shutter
|Top view, shutter speeds table|
Shutter speed selection
Using the table, on a brass plaque on the camera top plate, we can read, on the left column, the curtain gap size, and on the top row the number that stands for the tension of the spring.
The shutter speeds on the table are the result of these two factors.
Once the shutter speed is chosen we have to read the table to determine the curtain gap size and the tension necessary to select it.
Using the big black round knob, on top, to wind the shutter and also to chose the curtain gap.
Behind the big window, covered with an acetate, there is a gear with a series of holes, identified with the curtain gap sizes. Select it by pushing and turning the knob.
Then using the small silver coloured knob, on bottom left, and reading the number in the tiny window above it, we select the tension. It only travels clockwise.
|Side view, shutter controls|
The shutter release is that black protruding prong above the reset knob.
This operation must be carried out without the plate holder or with it in place but protected by the dark slide, hence the shutter it isn't self capping.
Composing and Focusing
To compose the picture we can use the magnificent ground glass or the very useful, for hand held pictures, sports finder:
|Back view with ground glass assembly and raised sports finder|
With the sports finder the distance has to be guestimated.
The ground glass assembly includes a set of shades, better viewed in the following picture:
Ground glass shades on display
That folds neatly, when not in use:
|Double sided plate holder and folded ground glass assembly|
and displays, embossed in the magnificent leather cover, the ICA logo:
|Logo displayed in ground glass cover|
The camera as two plate holders one double sided, one plate on each side the other is for using with some kind of cartridge. I confess that I couldn't find any info about the latter.
|ICA Minimum Palmos kit by RaúlM.|
|lens default position|
|lens rotated 90º and shifte|
The lens that rotates ninety degrees allows, very limited, shift movements.
ICA Minimum Palmos in action
This picture of my grandparents, during their honeymoon, in July of 1929, was taken with this camera:
On the bench next to my grandmother is, what I think, a movie camera. If anyone can identify it, I would appreciate it.
Edit - Thanks to Fulvue the movie camera was identified as a Pathe Motocamera from 1928, what adds up, this picture was taken in mid July 1929.
This is one picture taken by me to include in my project "I, me and my cameras".
Not a very good one, I'm afraid, but if we want we can squeeze pictures from a centennial camera, like this:
|Me and ICA Minimum Palmos by RaúlM.|