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The Detective Camera

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We have had and enjoyed most heartily a detective camera since they first came into use. We have used them on nearly every legitimate subject, and think we understand well their limi tations. We say legitimate subject, because it is not uncommon for persons, who should know better, to use their detectives in a way tending to bring reproach upon amateur photographers. Whatever else it may be, it is certainly an unpardonable imper tinence to take a picture of a stranger without permission, espec ially if that stranger be a lady. Be gentlemanly always, and respect the rights and feelings of others.

Very quick plates are essential for success with these cameras, and abundance of light. The spring and summer months are the best times of the year, as the light is so much stronger. The shutters of these cameras are usually adjusted to quick and slow movement. The clearest and sharpest pictures can generally be made with a small stop, and slow movement of the shutter, though for very fast moving objects the largest stop and quickest expos ure may be necessary. It is highly important, however, that at the moment of the exposure the camera should be held perfectly still. Therefore, for good work, the exposure should not be made in a hurry. In very shady places, under trees, there will not be

light enough for good work, nor in cities where the light is obscured by smoke, unless in the direct sunlight. As with other cameras, in taking views of buildings, to prevent distortion, the box must be level.

Detectives are excellent for making views for lantern slides, especially if a quarter plate is used in a camera made for plates of a larger size. From a lantern slide made from such a plate an eight by ten negative can be made in an enlarging camera, show ing all the details with great clearness.

For use on a journey, a good detectiVe camera is invaluable. A trip to Alaska, through the Yosemite, a month on a Nile steamer, through Palestine and the Orient, a summer on foot through Switzerland,—what a wealth of illustration could we bring home with our detective! If there had only been such a thing twenty five years ago! All things considered, we think if we could have but a single camera we should certainly choose a detective; one that could also be used on a tripod. Do not waste money on cheap cameras here.