Patents Examined by John Gonzales
  • Patent number: 4576459
    Abstract: An eye-cup attached to an eye-piece frame provided at a rear-part of a camera, in which at least a portion of an outer wall of the eye-cup is formed on an external surface so as to match with an external surface of the camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 1984
    Date of Patent: March 18, 1986
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yuzo Miura, Akira Yamada
  • Patent number: 4575207
    Abstract: Apparatus for providing three dimensional effect transparencies. The apparatus includes a camera including mounting means for retaining a photosensitive assembly at a predetermined location, and a movable lens. The apparatus further includes a movable support means for supporting the object whose image is to be taken, and further includes the photosensitive assembly. This assembly comprises a layer of photosensitive material, a line screen having regularly spaced blocking portions spaced by transparent portions and a transparent spacer disposed between the material and the line screen. The camera has a central axis with which the photosensitive assembly is aligned and the lens and the support means is movable along respective paths which extend transversely of the central axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 1984
    Date of Patent: March 11, 1986
    Inventor: Jerome M. August
  • Patent number: 4573781
    Abstract: In the disclosed finder, a half transparent surface positioned behind a photographic lens splits off part of the light passing through the photographic lens to a first image plane at a position equivalent to a focal plane of the photographic lens. At least two lens components refocus light from the first image plane onto a second image plane conjugate to the first one. An image on the second plane is observed through an eyepiece. An even number of reflective surfaces, but not less than four, including the half transparent surface, are arranged in an optical path from the photographic lens to the eyepiece and at least one of these reflective surfaces lies between the two lens components. A decrease in the physical length of the finder and an increase in the image magnification are achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 1984
    Date of Patent: March 4, 1986
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masatake Kato
  • Patent number: 4572635
    Abstract: In an automatic film loading system, a film winding spool (9) is driven at a higher speed by a motor (20) through gears (120, 12, 122, 13), and the film advancing sprocket (4) is driven by a speed to drive the film at a slower speed before catching of the film by a rubber member of the spool, and after the catching, a clutch (121) disconnects the driving of the sprocket (4) from the gears (120, 12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 1984
    Date of Patent: February 25, 1986
    Assignee: West Electric Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yu Tsuzuki, Hiroshi Watanabe, Katsuhisa Niwa
  • Patent number: 4572641
    Abstract: A thin vertically disposed camera adapted for use with a disk type film contained cartridge includes latch device for catching a compartment door at its closed position and rotatably supported connecting member to be connected to a cover member of the cartridge loaded in the camera for moving the cover member between an exposure window opening position and an exposure window closing position. The latch device includes a manually operable portion movable between a locking position for enabling the latch device to catch the compartment door and a releasing position for disabling the latch device. The rotation of the manually operable member from its releasing to locking position is same in the direction as the rotation of the connecting member for moving the cover member from its exposure window closing position to the exposure window opening position. A motion transmitting mechanism is provided in the camera for transmitting the rotation of said manually operable member to the connecting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 1983
    Date of Patent: February 25, 1986
    Assignee: Minolta Camera Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kazuo Ishihara, Haruo Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 4571043
    Abstract: A dustproofing mechanism for a thin, disc film cartridge type camera having windows in its front wall for the camera viewfinder and objective lens includes a cover structure guided for movement to alternative positions opening or closing both windows and an operating member accessible through one of the windows is connected to the cover structure to permit the manual selective movement of the cover structure to the window open or closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 1983
    Date of Patent: February 18, 1986
    Assignee: Minolta Camera Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Haruo Kobayashi, Hiroshi Ueda
  • Patent number: 4569579
    Abstract: An apparatus for mounting a camera to a supporting structure, such as an automobile window, and permitting instantaneous reorientation of the camera's photographic frame between horizontal and vertical formats. A camera is attached to a mounting arm which is pivotally interposed between two frame members. The frame members are fixed in parallel spaced relation by a spacer therebetween, the spacer also serving to limit rotation of the mounting arm to a 90-degree arc. The camera is attached to the mounting arm in such a location with respect to the pivot point of the mounting arm so as to impart a movement to the mounting arm which urges the mounting arm against the spacer at either extremity of the arc. The frame members and the spacer define two recessed channels to closely receive the mounting arm at either extremity of the arc and stabilize the mounting arm and camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 1983
    Date of Patent: February 11, 1986
    Inventor: John R. Kangas
  • Patent number: 4569578
    Abstract: There is disclosed a photographic apparatus of the instant developing type which permits exposing, processing and viewing of the film without the necessity of removing the film from the camera. Included is a film disk containing a plurality of film assemblies, each including a strippable negative sheet which is removed from the film assembly at a viewing station for facilitating viewing of the positive image transparency at such viewing station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 1984
    Date of Patent: February 11, 1986
    Assignee: Polaroid Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph A. Stella, Joseph B. Wright
  • Patent number: 4568164
    Abstract: A motor driven camera for winding and rewinding film by an electric motor includes a mechanism for detecting the end of a length of loaded film to produce an actuating signal. An automatic changeover mechanism responds to the actuating signal by changing the state of a film transport mechanism in the camera from a film winding operating mode to a film rewinding operating mode. The automatic changeover mechanism is arranged to be operated in response to closing of the back cover of the camera. Accordingly, the transition from the winding to the rewinding operating modes is controlled automatically.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 1985
    Date of Patent: February 4, 1986
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Daisuke Sahori
  • Patent number: 4566767
    Abstract: A multiple image photographing apparatus in which images of different sizes can be formed on a single film sheet. A television monitor is movably mounted in a horizontal direction, while a film holding and conveying mechanism is movably mounted in a vertical direction. The amount of movements of the monitor and the film conveying and holding mechanism are determined in accordance with the selected photographing magnification. An auxiliary lens, which is mounted on a lens holder which moves along with the TV monitor, is selectively movable in and out of the optical path in accordance with the selected photographing magnification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 1984
    Date of Patent: January 28, 1986
    Assignee: Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masahide Akisada, Norio Ookawa, Yuji Takamura
  • Patent number: 4565433
    Abstract: In the disclosed viewfinder for a camera, the light passing through the photographic lens is reflected an even number of times, focused on a first image plane at a position equivalent to a prescribed focal plane of the photographic lens, and then further reflected from the roof reflection surfaces of a roof type prism to pass through an eyepiece, thereby the image on the first image plane can be observed through the eyepiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 1984
    Date of Patent: January 21, 1986
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masatake Kato
  • Patent number: 4565434
    Abstract: A signal transferring device provided between a photographic instrument and an accessory therefor at such a location as not to give influence to attaching action and making it possible to transfer a great number of signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 1983
    Date of Patent: January 21, 1986
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hidehumi Notagashira
  • Patent number: 4564279
    Abstract: In a photographic camera, closing sliding movement of a camera back moves a film-engaging member mounted on the back to thread a film leader from a film cartridge to a take-up drum. At the completion of closing movement of the camera back, a separator disengages the film-engaging member from the leader. This permits the take-up drum to advance an unexposed section of the film from the cartridge and to wind an exposed section of the film onto the drum, each time the drum is rotated. A rewind member is provided for rewinding the exposed film into the cartridge by rotating a film spool connected in the cartridge to an end portion of the film. An actuator on the camera back moves the rewind member into engagement with the spool in response to closing movement of the camera back. The engagement secures the cartridge in place during advancement of the film to the take-up drum, and permits the rewind member to rotate the spool to rewind the film into the cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 1984
    Date of Patent: January 14, 1986
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Klaus Sitzler, Kurt Steisslinger
  • Patent number: 4561742
    Abstract: A pocket-size still camera of the self-developing type includes a film chamber with a rotatable platform supporting a self-developing film unit for rotation. A stepping motor is provided for rotating the platform and film unit in incremental steps to permit successive sections of the film unit to be exposed. An exit slot is provided in the film chamber to allow discharge of the exposed film unit through a pair of processing rollers. An embibing chamber is located adjacent the exit slot so as to receive the film unit for the appropriate embibition time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 1984
    Date of Patent: December 31, 1985
    Assignee: Polaroid Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph A. Stella, Joseph B. Wright
  • Patent number: 4561744
    Abstract: The invention relates to an electromagnetically operated leaf shutter particularly for use in photographic cameras installed in microscopes in which a rotatable annular armature including a light passage is provided with an even number of poles radially extending to an annular field ring being secured into a tubular shutter housing. The annular field ring is provided with an even number of pole-shoes extending towards the armature poles. The armature and the field ring are made of "soft magnetic" material. The geometry of the pole-shoes and the adjacent respective poles is so that an optimum of magnetic force is exerted upon the armature when the electromagnetic coils which surround the pole-shoes are energized, and, hence, a rotation of the armature is effected. The armature is provided with means to operate the blades of the shutter in order to open the light passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 1984
    Date of Patent: December 31, 1985
    Inventors: Peter Rietbrock, Gerhard Knapke
  • Patent number: 4561743
    Abstract: A disc camera drive mechanism has a manually movable film advance member reciprocable between a rest and an actuated position, a shutter and a manually movable shutter release element. Drive means actuated by the film advance member on its movement to actuated position rotates the disc film and activates spring means. Spring retainer means retains the spring means in activated position. Release of the spring means operates the shutter on actuation of the shutter release element. A spring urged film detent element is actuated by the drive means, and on release of the spring means the detent element is urged against the film during the latter part of its advance so as to engage a film detent opening when the latter comes into register. The detent element is withdrawn from the opening after the shutter is operated. A stop movable with the detent element may block shutter movement when the detent element is in its withdrawn position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 1984
    Date of Patent: December 31, 1985
    Assignee: Overseas Promotions Ltd.
    Inventor: Lee Benson
  • Patent number: 4560265
    Abstract: A blade type focal plane shutter in which a number of shutter blades are mounted for parallel-linked movements by two operating arms, the system for supporting the blades reducing the size of the shutter and one end of a first auxiliary blade succeeding a slit forming blade is connected to the operating arms in accordance with a relationship between the pins and the arc grooves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 1984
    Date of Patent: December 24, 1985
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Teiji Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 4557571
    Abstract: A photographic camera includes a built-in electronic flash unit which is pivotable with respect to the camera housing. The flash unit pivots between an inactive folded position in which it forms an integrated part of the camera housing to cover a taking lens, and an operative erect position in which it is sufficiently removed from the lens to permit picture-taking substantially without any red-eye effect. The lens is movable along its optical axis to a taking position extended from the camera housing and to a storage position retracted in the housing, in response to pivoting the flash unit to its operative and folded positions, respectively. With the flash unit in its folded position and the lens in its storage position, the camera is relatively compact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 1984
    Date of Patent: December 10, 1985
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventor: Michael Reibl
  • Patent number: 4557572
    Abstract: A camera includes means for separating an image to be photographed into in plurality of picture elements. These picture elements are transmitted by means of fiber optics or by means of opto-electrical converters to a view finder which displays the image to be photographed as a raster image. Said means for separating the image to be photographed is arranged close to the plane of a film or in a plane conjugate to the plane of a film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 1983
    Date of Patent: December 10, 1985
    Inventor: Willi Schickedanz
  • Patent number: 4552444
    Abstract: A synthesis color photographic map, on a predetermined scale, covering a wide geographic area. It is formed of a number of color photographic base maps each covering a selective portion of the wide geographic area and on the predetermined scale. These photographic base maps are assembled together to form the synthesis map. Each of the photographic base maps is a photography of a forestry base map which covers one of the selective portions of the above-mentioned area on a scale which is larger than the said predetermined scale. These forestry base maps are colored according to a given identification color code and then color photographed and scale reduced to the aforesaid predetermined scale.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 1984
    Date of Patent: November 12, 1985
    Inventor: Jean Beaupre