FOS - (FOS)

FOS Warszawa   -    PHOS Varsovie

FOS - "First optical instruments factory in the country "FOS" under the company Aleksander Ginsberg  S-ka" - founded in 1899 in Warsaw, it was the only factory of optical equipment located throughout the territory of the Tsarist Russia. It produced optical equipment for the Tsarist army.
In addition to military equipment factory FOS produced lenses and cameras for the civilian population.

 


 
Camera FOS  (PHOS)

MODEL I

 N0: FOS / 10
FOS camera. The image comes from the article „Przyczynek do historii polskiego przemysłu fotograficznego cz. II” by Stanisław Sommer included in „Fotografia” issue No. 2 (1958).

 


MODEL II

  No: FOS / 20

Image of FOS camera – advertisement found in the book published in 1901.

 


 

MODEL III

  No: FOS / 30

Image of FOS camera – advertisement found in the book published in 1905. 

 

Manufacturer FOS Warszawa - PHOS Varsovie 

Pierwsza w Kraju Fabryka Instrumentów Optycznych FOS
in 1912 change of company name:
FOS - Towarzystwo Firmowo-Komandytowe - A. Ginsberg i Ska

Model ?
Type Strut-folding, hand and stand camera
Film
glass plates, format 9 x 12 cm
Years of production ca. 1901 - 1903
Body Wooden, covered with black leather   
Lens FOS - planistygmat (133 mm, f 1:8) or aplanat
Shutter Focal plane is put at the focal  length - variable width of slits and adjustable speeds, drop speed ranges from 1/2 to 1/1000 second  
Viewfinder optical, folding, front lens with crosshairs
Dimensions (after folding) 14 x 16 x 4 cm

 


Camera from unknown manufacturer - with FOS lens
   
Image of FOS camera found in article “Foto-Szuflada” by Paweł Paciorkiewicz published in monthly “Foto,” issue no. 10 (1995).
Photo of the same FOS camera - published in the book G. Plutecki and J. Garztecki
“Fotografowie nietypowi,” Kraków 1987
Manufacturer unknown
Model ?
Type Strut-folding, hand and stand camera
Film
Glass plates 9 x 12 cm
Years of production ca. 1903 year
Body Wooden, covered with black leather, triple extension bellows
Lens FOS - planistygmat 133 mm f:8
Shutter Focal plane – adjustable size, drop speed ranges from 1/2 to 1/1000 second
Viewfinder optical, folding, front lens with crosshair
Focus setting On focusing screen, or according to distance scale which is on the left side of the slider, or by rack and pinion mechanism that moves lens board
Lensboard Regulated horizontally and vertically, with ability to incline
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