Self timer on old camera

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Chris Loffredo, Feb 28, 2007.

  1. Some cameras had built in STs in the 1930's. External, accessory STs
    were also available.

    By 1948 many, perhaps most, cameras had built-in STs.
     
    Chris Loffredo, Feb 28, 2007
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    clucas Guest

    I have a photo of my family dated 1948. We've been going over the
    photo to determine who is who. We are having a difficult time trying
    to figure out who took the picture. One of my brothers said that maybe
    the camera had a self timer. My question: When did self timers become
    available on cameras?

    By the way, I don't think it was a 35mm camera.
     
    clucas, Feb 28, 2007
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    Peter Irwin Guest

    Self timers were a very popular feature from the early to mid
    1930s. But even before that there were timers that you
    could attach to the shutter release cable fitting.
    It doesn't matter. There were self timers incorporated
    in many 1930s rim set Compur shutters which were used
    with all sizes of cameras.

    Peter.
     
    Peter Irwin, Feb 28, 2007
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    clucas Guest

    Thank you! I guess we'll have to consider that a self timer was used.
     
    clucas, Feb 28, 2007
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  5. There were add on slef timers that connected via the cable release
    socket. I used to find them for $1.00 in junk boxes in the late 1960's.

    Speaking of cable releases, they existed in the late 19th century,
    possibly earlier and you could (and may still be able to) get them
    in 20 foot lengths.

    Enough for anyone to be in the photograph.

    Don't discount the possibility that someone unrelated, such as a friend
    or neighbor took it for them.

    Geoff.
     
    Geoffrey S. Mendelson, Feb 28, 2007
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  6. Self timers were on most non-box cameras made
    since the late 30's. Those that didn't have them could
    take accessory timers, a popular item back then.

    Self timers are missing from all [? - I don't know of
    one] box cameras and 99.9% of box cameras could not take
    an accessory timer.

    If the camera opened up with the lens on a bellows then
    a self-timer is likely.

    And even if the camera had a self timer, there is no
    way of telling if it was used for that picture.

    Quite possibly the picture was taken by a passer-by or
    hanger-on.
     
    Nicholas O. Lindan, Feb 28, 2007
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  7. My dad could take pictures of himself by squeezing the bulb held in his hand
    that was attached to a hose that ran all the way to the shutter piston on
    the lens of his wooded cut film portrait camera.....
     
    William Graham, Mar 1, 2007
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