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Manufactured in Allemagne from Circa 1936 until 0.
Index of rarity in France : Rare (among non-specialized garage sales)
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Inventory number: 2727

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Sheffield Norfolk Miniature

(Sold by the Sheffield Photo Co., Ltd., Norfolk Row, Fargate, Sheffield.)


Bakelite, the handmaid of radio, is as yet hardly known to photography. The new Norfolk miniature camera, however, taking 16 pictures ou a 31/4 21/4 in. spool, is made of “unbreakable” Bakelite. We have not gone to the length of experimenting, but we have reason to believe that this material really is extremely tough. It is, moreover, very light, and smooth and pleasant to the touch, and, in winter, warm, as compared with metal bodies. The Norfolk has a very rigid self-erecting front, the optical viewfinder opening simultaneously with the camera. The very convenient press-down release we found more comfortable in use than the ordinary trigger of the Compur. Loading is convenient ; the case opens easily and the spool holders have a parallel spring motion that makes for easy changing. The red windows have a positive action internal shutter. The price of the camera with Schneider Radionar f/2.9 lens with front cell focussing,  and Compur Rapid D.A. shutter speeded to 1/400 second, is £7 19s. 6d. It can also be had with Steinheil f/3.8 Cassar at the same price.