CBW Daguerreotype Cameras

Camera construction

Camera restoration

Camera repair

Camera hire

Expert advice for TV/ Film producers to come to the correct historic solution quickly and efficiently.

I advised in the production of 'Creation' (2009) a film about Charles Darwin.
I advised the makers of 'Irongate'
Consultancy for BBC for the series 'The Genius of Inventions'.
I supplied a Daguerreotype (taken by Ruskin) and the camera for the Emma Thompson film 'Effie'.
A CBW camera was used on BBC's Victoia & Albert, A Royal Wedding in 2018.
have also hired cameras for stage productions.


I have been asked on several occasions if I have access to Daguerreotype cameras. The price for one is a

record 576,000 Euros (paid in 2007....not by me! ) I have decided to manufacture the cameras to an old design.

The one pictured is a mahogony sliding wooden box camera. The brass original Victorian lens gives the camera

authenticity. This model is a whole plate camera.It can be used for Daguerreotypes, wet plate and other forms

traditional or alternative photography. All cameras have the unique CBW marking.

I have three sizes of sliding box (Daguereotype era) cameras for hire, p.o.a.




Also recently made this 1/2 plate camera, shown below,for the new Emma Thompson written

film about John Ruskin and Effie Gray; EFFIE 2012.




My latest camera just finished is a cute little quarter plate sliding box camera with brass lens. Standard 1/4 plate wooden darkslide fit in this camera.


This CBW halfplate camera has a mighty f /2.5 lens. It also has a reducing plate, so that standard

5" x 4" International darkslides can be used. This camera was used in the 2018 BBC production,

Victoria & Albert ,A Royal Wedding.

I restore old cameras and lenses.

The vintage 'Lancaster' 1/4 plate below was treated by CBW

More restorations....


An Ensign Houghton Triple Victo 1/2 plate, restored.


Thornton Pickard College 1/2 plate, restored.

Hasselblad 500 c/m with replacement leatherette.

Graflex, Speed Graphic repair shutter and renovation, Hasselblad replace leatherette.

Nikkormat leatherette and light seal replacement.

Just some of the items in my camera collection, any available for sale or hire, please enquire.



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