The Prestwich Model 5 ca. 1908 


Inside the camera is where the two film boxes or magazines rest. The viewing tube can be seen running between them. Prestwich cameras must have been a very good camera as the film path is the simplest of all the early period cameras. Not being very complicated is a huge plus when threading the camera.

E.P. Prestwich, possibly a brother or son of J.A., shot one of the most famous and important early films. The Diamond Jubilee procession of Queen Victoria in 1897. It is the first time a camera is panned to follow action. I believe he shot this film for Robert Paul, a very early film exhibitor.

John Alfred Prestwich is actually best know for his engineering work outside the cinema as he was the designer of the "JAP" motorcycle. "JAP"  taken from his initials.

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