Gnome Beta 35 Colour 35mm Enlarger


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Condition: Excellent

Gnome Beta 35 Colour 35mm Enlarger

Excellent cosmetic condition, fully working, lamp working

Complete with lamp, 35mm negative carrier and Gnome 50mm Enlarging Lens

General Gnome Photographic Information

Gnome Photographic Products, makers of darkroom equipment and projectors, and a few cameras, of 21a Working Street, Cardiff, Glamorgan, Wales. Telephone: 6974. Cables: "Gnome, Cardiff"

As well as making some cameras, Gnome seem to have sold a few rebadged cameras from other manufacturers such as the Adox Polo series. Gnome also imported film from Germany, made by Adox.

1947 Listed Exhibitor - British Industries Fair. Manufacturers of Precision, Photographic Equipment including 7 in. (17.8 cm) by 5 in. (12.7 cm). Industrial Enlarger, 2¼ in. (5.7 cm) sq. and 35mm Portable Enlargers, Lighting Outfits, Developing Tanks, Printing Boxes, Masking Frames, in fact all Equipment for the Amateur or Professional Photographer. (Olympia, Ground Floor, Stand No. A.1016)

1954 Patent - Improvements in or relating to optical projection apparatus, particularly photographic enlarging apparatus.

1971 Patent - Photographic Slide Projectors.

Gnome was a photographic equipment manufacturer with it’s roots in pre-war Stuttgart, Germany, established by Heinrich Loebstein (b.1894 d.1977). His company made high quality equipment, mostly enlargers, slides viewers and projectors, and exported them all over the world.

Loebstein, being Jewish, found himself under the threat of being placed in a concentration camp by the Nazis, so in 1938 he fled with his family to the UK, and settled in the Welsh town of Pontypridd where he re-set up his company at Treforest Industrial Estate (one of the first Industrial Estates in Britain). In 1940, just after the outbreak of WWII, a lot of the buildings on the estate were requisitioned by the Government and their occupants re-housed in makeshift buildings away from the estate. The Ministry of Aircraft Production took over the Gnome factory. Gnome relocated to Cardiff and after the war, moved to a new premisses on Caerphilly Road, Cardiff, where they stayed for many years and helped to popularize photography in the UK.

By the 1960s, 80% of the enlargers sold in the UK were made by Gnome, and the company became a public, selling 400,000 shares. By now, Loebstein had been able to re-purchase his old factory in Stuttgart, but only used it as storage for products exported to Germany. The company closed in 1994.

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Looking after your camera

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.