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Brevete Arme French Falling Plate Camera

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Brand Brevete
Model Arme

Condition: Excellent

Brevete (Jonte) Arme French Falling Plate Camera
Circa 1900

Small leather tab missing from the end of the top handle

(Detective camera) French magazine plate camera for 12 plates (not supplied)

 The sign "BREVETÉ" on the front can only be used as a patent, "Breveté" in French means patent.  Cameras named "BREVETÉ" were built around 1890 in Paris by a french factory called JONTE.  But these were folding drop bed cameras with double extension, built in 30x40cm.  But JONTE built falling plate boxcameras for 12 plates 9x12cm, with brass lenses, too.  My camera catalog says, these falling plate cameras were called JONTE AUTOMATIQUE 9x12.  Lens, plate measures and numbers of plates are the same like at this camera.

  Detectiv-camera - a very unusual name which may come from the very unnoticed child of photography - and may be, because this black box looks like a photographer and it is not easy to notice the photographer.

  The camera is optical and technical in excellent condition! and settings.  All metal chrome and leather parts are in very good shape.  Everything works fine.  The lens is clear without scratches, shutter works at the two settings. P and I is the normal setting, at the shutter opens as long as the shutterbutton is pushed.  With a knob on the right side it is possible to set seven time settings.  I. On the right side is a knob for distance setting, too.  The camera has two vertical and horizontal format, they are bright and clear.  At the front is the lever to the shutter and another for aperture.  The lens can be protected by a metal disc.
  Afterwards two bars, you can open the back and put the plates into the camera.  A spring moves the plates forward.  On the rear right side is the lever for transporting the plates.  You move this lever forward and backward and thus each time a plateholder with the glass negative falls into the camera body.  These simple mechanism works very well.
  The camera has two tripod screws for vertical and horizontal shots.


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Use a Camera Bag

A camera bag does more than just protect the camera against scratches and dust: It keeps it safe from rain because many are waterproof on the outside.

Be Very Careful Around the LCD Screen and Camera Lens

Use only special equipment to clean your camera’s LCD screen and camera lens. Buy a special cleaning kit that includes liquid solutions, microfiber cloths and brushes that have been specially designed to clean your camera lens.

Never Leave Your Batteries in Your Camera for Too Long
Many camera batteries are now alkaline or lithium formats. If you keep your camera with the batteries inside of it in a moist area, then the batteries can get corrosive. So if you’re thinking about just putting your camera on the shelf for several months, do yourself a favor and remove them.

Turn Your Camera Off Prior to Doing Anything

Before you do anything to your camera, always keep in mind that it should be turned off first. No matter what it is—swapping lenses, changing memory cards or disconnecting or attaching cables—your camera should be turned off.

Cold and Wet Weather Can Wreak Havoc on Your Camera Body
Take your camera out only in a waterproof bag. If the weather’s unusually cold, just wrap your camera in a plastic bag that has silica desiccant packets for the reduction of moisture. It’s also a smart idea to have a soft towel with you to wipe off any moisture, just in case it should get on your camera.

Good Memory Card Care Is Good Camera Care

Only transport your memory cards inside of a protective caseMake sure the memory cards stay dust-free at all times. When removing memory cards, make sure you do so indoors or in non-dusty situations.
Make sure that you keep memory cards only in cool places. Never keep them in places where they may heat up, like dashboards or glove compartments.
Never place your memory cards close to magnetic sources. Examples of magnetic sources are things such as audio speakers, TV monitors and actual magnets.

Use a Filter to Protect Your Camera Lens

The lens of your camera is naturally fragile. As such, it’s susceptible to scratches, cracks, dents…you name it. A UV filter will not only will you give your lens a fighting chance, but you’ll also enhance the quality of your pictures.

Condensation Can Be Controlled

Condensation normally happens when you move your camera between different temperatures.
Allow your camera a chance to naturally get used to the hotter environment. Don’t place it inside a closed plastic bag when transporting it between different temperatures! Just let the camera sit in the humid temperature for a while, until condensation disappears.
If this still doesn’t get rid of all of it, you can utilize a soft cloth to wipe away any remaining moisture and marks left behind from the condensation.