Lancaster Instantograph

Released 1887

The Instantograph is a quarter-plate view camera, first introduced in 1887 and produced until 1910, although it underwent several evolutions in that time. I think my example dates from about 1897. It takes glass plates  in the quarter plate format, although you can use sheet film or photographic paper too.

I’ve written some notes about the camera, and some notes about how to handle film & paper for it.

See all photos taken with the Instantograph.

Lancaster Instantograph
Lancaster Instantograph

At a glance

Lens Fixed achromat 127mm (5″) f10
Film Quarter plate
Focus Focal plane ground glass
Meter None