Antique & Vintage Photographic Equipment

Cycle Wizard Camera

Manhattan Optical Company

Name: Cycle Wizard
Type: Hand & Stand Camera
Manufacturer: Manhattan Optical Company
Country of Origin: US
Construction: Typical self-casing hand camera of the period, commonly referred to as a 'Cycle' camera, reflecting their potential use by the growing numbers of people making use of bicycles to access the surrounding countryside. Leather covering over wooden frame.
Production Period: Unknown


Model / Variant: Model B
Plate / Film Size: 4 x 5 plates
Lens: Unmarked
Shutter: B & L / Wizard Sr, T, B , I & 5 speeds to 1/100
Movements: Rising front
Dimensions (w x h x l):  
Date of this Example: c1900
Serial Number: None
  • Common [x]
  • Uncommon [ ]
  • Hard to Find [ ]
  • Scarce [ ]
Inventory Number: 414

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The Cycle Wizard Camera is a typical pattern self-casing cycle camera for 4 x 5 plates. It has maroon bellows and nickel plated fittings, all in good order. It bears a plate identifying model and manufacturer on the base of the lens standard, plus markings on the B & L shutter.

The camera is in very good condition, inside & out, with few signs of any wear. The bellows appear sound and the shutter still operates. The only 'fault' is that the handle is missing from the side, although the brackets remain in place.