PDA

View Full Version : Ansel's Adams & Co Minex De Luxe Tropical Mahogany Camera



Andrew Plume
8-Mar-2020, 04:26
Just stumbled across this 'FS' item:-

https://www.the-saleroom.com/en-gb/auction-catalogues/gorringes/catalogue-id-srgo10192/lot-fc803e39-3d77-4bc8-a69e-ab6b010b13d1

regards

Andrew

scheinfluger_77
8-Mar-2020, 11:29
Uh huh...

Jim Noel
8-Mar-2020, 13:34
This AA doesn't stand for ANsel Adams! Maybe Alcoholic Anonymous

Steven Tribe
8-Mar-2020, 14:45
I doubt the auctioneer really believes this!
I certainly donít.
A little too easy to connect Adams the user with Adams the maker. A look at time line for the Adams company and itís production, compared wiith Adams the active photographer, would probably confirm the fallacy.

Drew Wiley
8-Mar-2020, 16:48
Some people think Weston Light Meters were made by Edward Weston. So it's hard to tell if this particular listing is due to ignorance or a con.

Mark Sawyer
8-Mar-2020, 18:00
Circa 1911, London. Pretty sure Ansel had his own English camera company in full production when he was 9.

BTW, Edward Weston did make the Weston Meter. Different Edward Weston, though...

Steven Tribe
9-Mar-2020, 02:39
Although Adams of London first produced this swanky camera in 1909, Channing & Dunn state that it was still in production in 1952! And more or less without modifications in the original design. So it is just possible there is some truth in the story. Ansel would have been a prized PR icon by the late 1940’s!

Andrew Plume
9-Mar-2020, 03:49
Thanks all

I only posted 'for interest only' - the Auction House is reputable but not overly for specialising in Photographica

regards

Andrew

goamules
9-Mar-2020, 05:58
Andrew, you should go for that studio camera they also have.

Andrew Plume
9-Mar-2020, 06:29
Andrew, you should go for that studio camera they also have.

Thanks Garrett

Yes, I've seen it - doesn't look in overly great condition - no holders from what I could see but there is a certain lens - I'm in the process of making a small move away from LF towards smaller Cameras which I've never really fully appreciated

best regards to you

Andrew

goamules
9-Mar-2020, 07:35
Yep, the lens was the only reason I'd get it. I've bought a bunch of cameras just to get a lens, but I've slowed way down. Mostly shoot 35mm and digital the past year or two. But did get the Struss out yesterday to use on 5x7 a little!

Andrew Plume
9-Mar-2020, 13:58
I doubt the auctioneer really believes this!
I certainly donít.
A little too easy to connect Adams the user with Adams the maker. A look at time line for the Adams company and itís production, compared wiith Adams the active photographer, would probably confirm the fallacy.

Thx Steven

Well I tipped the Auction House off re our discussion and I sent them a link, the sale is tomorrow, so it's their call - and fwiw from my past reading(s) of Ansel's work and the Cameras used, I've never seen any reference to him using a model from this manufacturer, so, all in all it's probably a h**x

regards

Andrew

Andrew Plume
9-Mar-2020, 13:58
Yep, the lens was the only reason I'd get it. I've bought a bunch of cameras just to get a lens, but I've slowed way down. Mostly shoot 35mm and digital the past year or two. But did get the Struss out yesterday to use on 5x7 a little!

Many thx Garrett

my best

Andrew

Two23
9-Mar-2020, 14:07
Adams did use ag least one early European camera, zeiss ica Juwel. Don't think he would have been interested in the camera listed here though.

Andrew Plume
9-Mar-2020, 14:55
Adams did use ag least one early European camera, zeiss ica Juwel. Don't think he would have been interested in the camera listed here though.

Hi Kent

yes I recall that one, from memory he used it in his early days of photography

regards

Andrew

Mark Sawyer
10-Mar-2020, 11:57
Although Adams of London first produced this swanky camera in 1909, Channing & Dunn state that it was still in production in 1952! And more or less without modifications in the original design. So it is just possible there is some truth in the story. Ansel would have been a prized PR icon by the late 1940ís!

This reinforces my theory that Ansel Adams was a time traveler. It seems rather obvious that he was using that old '47 Pontiac wagon as a Tardis...

Andrew Plume
10-Mar-2020, 12:27
Ah yes Mark but didn't said 'wagon' c/w a very suitable Platform on it's roof

And in case anyone is interested, said Camera was sold at today's Auction for £4,800

regards

Andrew