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MICROFLASH FLASH GUNS

Full chrome flashgun to fire expendable bulbs. This unit was new in B.J.A. 1959 p46 but may have been on sale for some time then as it matched the mounting bracket of earlier cameras, at least from MicroTechnical MkVI on, i.e. about 1950. Or, there may have been an earlier unit. Like many MPP items, no.manufacturer's records exist.

It seems that there are several types, some being built from other makers parts including American Heiland battery cases.

It takes all bulbs with E.S. adaptor, hot bulb ejector, independant or synchronised firing, and external plug for extra lead.

3 CELL FLASH GUN

The Microflash attachment linked below is an extension to raise the gun higher. The orginal was found in an ex M.o.D. outfit. As far as is known the extension was not sold as a trade / retail item.

The gun takes 3 x 1.5 volt dry cells (Ever Ready type U2) and was much sought after by press photographers and professionals alike because of it's versatility and high specification. It could fire up to 3 heads as well as operate a shutter solenoid. Some have been seen with a very comprehensive set of connecting leads. One gun has been seen (17.10.99) that takes 2 x 1.5 volt cells. This may well be an earlier model.

It should be noted that many of the adverts show the same picture although specifications may vary. It seems MPP used the same negative many times.

Microflash MPP flash gun 7.50+1.25 P.Tax (B.J.A. 1961 p43)

Batteries: Suitable batteries were orginally made by various British manufacturers, the most popular being Every Ready. The original bateries were type U2, later replaced with SP2 then HP2 being the high power version of SP2. Ever Ready exported batteries under the BEREC brand (British Ever Ready Export Company) and used similar identifications. Other British battery makers included Vidor, Exide and GEC. Today, the equivilent is type 'D' cells.

* NOTE * All MicroFlash guns are now very rare and none have been seen for sale for over a year.

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TRIPODS

Three types were made at least, the first type dating back to before the formation of MPP and being made by De Laszlo's Celestion Company. It may be called Tripod 0 for the moment. It may be unknown merely because it does not carry any makers name- there were many wartime tripods which now seem little regarded. Those true MPP tripods seen include:

MICROTECHNICAL Mk VII ON Mk I TRIPOD

MPP TRIPODS

MPP Tripods, left to right - Mk III, Mk II, Mk I

Tripod 1

Wood and alloy, early postwar. This is often with a geared pan-and-tilt head. This is best used for 6x6 and home movie cameras- it is scarcely heavy enough for 5x4in but was suggested for them

Tripod 11

This was an alloy centre pillar tripod, for moderate weight cameras. It was made in the MKV11 period, for 4-5ft extension, weight 6lb, using stove enamelled die castings, but seems to have gone by the early 1970's. Many have the same red vynide as the red MkVII camera, which suggests 1950's manufacture

 

Tripod 111

Alloy centre pillar, 57mm dia.pillar, for heavy cameras such as the Monorails. This was often supplied originally as a services item, and is not too common. It is a fairly stiff item to handle.

Canvas case for the early tripod.2.20+0.85 P.Tax in 1956 approx.

N.B.The first of these tripods may in fact have gone back into World War 11 or there may have been another type without Celestion or MPP's name on it.


 

LENS PANELS AND CONES

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Lens Panels

Several types of lens panels can be recognized over the years, and there may be others not listed here! It is best to look at the size as well as the finish here.

(a) 4in (101mm) square, with sharp corners, for MPP Mk1-V11. These are about 1/4in thick with a half thickness rebate 1/4in wide all round. The early one were made from dark brown or black insulating board, with the MPP logo engraved, and often have a colour spot to indicate the focal length of lens fitted. This matched codings on the finders and focus scales. Later they were made from grey faced engraving board, eg for Studio cameras and the MkV111. Occasionally, these were only 1/8in thick, for display only perhaps, eg on red MkVII cameras. At least one was in 1/4in aluminium to match a red MkVII. Finally, they were made with a brushed matt front surface. The dimensions are near those for the Anniversary Speed Graphic panels.

(b) 95mm square with rounded corners, still 1/4in thick. These are for MkV111. These were normally grey faced.

(c) Metal, 93x94mm, with the edges dished back, in alloy bent at about 45. These are for MicroPress, and may interchange with Speed Graphic panels, but the latter have walls bent back at nearer 90 and raised pips on the front, and do no always fit though it is normally fitting MPP panels on Graphic which is difficult.

(d) Monorail panels are essentially early Sinar panels, in alloy, with a dished back edge and were 140mm square. Normally early Sinar panels are an excellent fit. The MPP ones seem to be finished in a grey Hammmerite finish and stick-on MPP logo. (Note that "other-brand" panels now sold have raised areas inside the outer wall are likely to foul parts on the MPP standards and not easily usable on the MPP.

Cones.

Extension cones were used primarily to focus 90mm lenses with the front standard inside the body-box and the baseboard dropped out of field. The range came to encompass MicroTechnical, MicroPress and Monorail panels and had to suit potentially Schneider's Angulon 90mm f6.8 and Super Angulon 90mm f8.0 and initially Wray's Wide angle 89mm f6.3. The bigger Super Angulon 90mm f5.6 could not be catered for on the folding cameras as the rear was too big for the hole in the front standard, but was easily fitted to the Monorail. Some cone extension sizes and base diameters are:

Normal type.

This was for the Schneider Angulon 90mm f6.8 M/Technical and was 21mm deep, and 63mm dia.

MicroPress type.

This is less common and was for Angulon 90mm f6.8 for MicroPress and was 16mm deep and 63mm dia.

Bigger type.

This is scarce and is for Super Angulon 90mm f8.0 and was 32mm deep and 87mm dia. and is a pressed alloy type. The last is probably for MicroTechnicals only and covers most of a MkV111 panel! The first type has been seen on a Monorail panel but its usefulness was not apparent! The first type has been noted mounted offset from the centre on a 4in square panel to give some built-in rising front but this was certainly not a normal MPP procedure. It would not be possible with a larger cone.

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