The R.O.C. View, Variation 4

Rochester Optical Co. (1903)
Rochester Optical Div., EKC
Rochester Optical Dept., EKC

Date Introduced: – ; Years Manufactured: c.1905 through at least 1918
Construction: back focus via rack and pinion (two gear tracks on top of base rails); single swing; three-piece lensboard; reversing by removable back
Materials: mahogany body; cherry bed; black fabric bellows; brass hardware;
Sizes Offered: 5×7; 5×8; 6.5-8.5; 8×10;
Notes: By 1905, all the myriad view camera manufacturing companies having Rochester in their names had merged or otherwise disappeared, leaving the new Rochester Optical Co.  The Rochester View design was completely overhauled, and now looks very similar to the Anthony and Scovill NPA Variation 4, albeit with unique side hardware.  The camera had a long run through several company designations within EKC.  The camera above is 5×7
Premo Cameras, Rochester Optical Co., c. 1905, p. 40
Premo Cameras, Rochester Optical Division, Eastman Kodak Co., 1908, p. 35
Photo Supplies, Sweet, Wallach & Co. (Chicago, IL) Catalog, 1908, p. 56
Professional Photographic Apparatus and MaterialsEastman Kodak Co. (Rochester, N.Y.), 1909, p.28
Lloyd’s Photographic SuppliesAndrew J. Lloyd Co. (Boston, MA) Catalog, c. 1909, p. 28
Premo Cameras, Rochester Optical Division, Eastman Kodak Co., 1910, p. 28
Photographic Apparatus and Supplies Catalog No. 35Sweet, Wallach & Co. (Chicago, IL), c. 1908, p. 57
Photo Materials, George Murphy, Inc. (New York, NY), 1910-1911, p. 42
Catalogue Photo SuppliesMilwaukee Photo Materials Co. (Milwaukee, WI), c.1910. p. 53 
Photographic Materials and SuppliesGloeckner & Newby Company (New York, NY), c.1910, p. 10
Premo Cameras, Rochester Optical Division, Eastman Kodak Co., 1912, p. 30
Premo Cameras, Rochester Optical Division, Eastman Kodak Co., 1914, p. 29
Premo Cameras, Rochester Optical Division, Eastman Kodak Co., 1913, p. 30
Eastman Professional Photographic Apparatus and Materialsc. 1915, p. 42
Professional Photographic Apparatus and Materials Catalogue No. 30Robey-French Co. (Boston, MA)c. 1915, p. 49
Schultze Novelty & Sporting Goods Co., NYC, Cat., 1915, p. 21
Eastman Professional Photographic Apparatus and Materials 1917, Eastman Kodak Co. (Rochester, NY), p. 37
Premo Cameras for 1917, Rochester Optical Dept., Eastman Kodak Co., 1917, p. 27
Premo Cameras, Rochester Optical Dept., Eastman Kodak Co., 1918, p. 25
Photographic Apparatus and SuppliesHirsch & Kaiser (San Francisco, CA)c. 1918, p. 31

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