The Rochester Optical Company, New Model Improved Camera Has enjoyed the reputation of being the most popular camera in the market, and deservedly so, it being the only strictly first-class camera made at a price within the reach of the ordinary amateur. Made of Honduras mahogany, highly polished with nickle trimmings, this camera was produced from 1885-1895
This Camera is a 5×8 camera, which had it’s bellows changed in the early 1980’s, since I’ve owned the camera, I’ve patched the bellows, adapted the original film/dry plate holders with custom designed and laser cut inserts, that allow me to shoot anything from a 5×7 down to, 9th plate size wet-plate – the design for the inserts have helped spawn the idea for my universal plate holders
With the exception of my main purpose built wet-plate camera, this is the only other camera that I use as a wet-plate camera, at least until I finish making my universal plate holder, it’s a great and light-weight camera to work with.
This half plate photo, was taken using the Rochester Optical Co. or ROC for short camera.