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Shackman Mini Four x Four Passport Camera, 1975?

The first port of call for most people needing a photo for a passport, driving licence or ID card is one of those automated photo booths in railway stations, supermarkets and shopping malls. They have been around since the 1920s and even though modern ones bristle with fancy digital technology they still manage to take dreadful pictures. But back when there were camera shops and studios on almost every high street you had the option to have your ID picture taken by a professional photographer, with a fair chance of ending up with something that didn’t look like police mug shot, and a lot of them would have used a camera like this one.


It’s a Shackman Mini 4 x 4, and as you can see it’s designed to take four identical pictures at once, and like those photo booths you got the picture in your hands almost straight away because it is part Polaroid Instant film camera. For a specialist camera it is remarkably unsophisticated, just a simple lightproof box with four internal divisions, it has 4 lenses, a fixed speed shutter (1/100th sec), and a basic exposure control F/11 – 64. It doesn’t sound very promising, as far as image quality is concerned, but that’s really all you need to take a small photo in a well-lit studio. Attached to the back of the box there’s a standard Polaroid film back that uses type 100 Pack, peel-apart instant film. Sadly this is no longer made but Fuji makes a compatible instant film (FP-100C) that works in most Polaroid cameras that use this film format.


It is built like a battleship and the body of the camera has been hewn from lightweight alloy. Up front the four lenses, shutter and aperture mechanism are all mounted on a thin metal plate, sandwiched between the camera body and a second plate with four plain glass protective windows. The design is really simple, with just a handful of moving parts, which makes it robust and very reliable. Operation is also very straightforward. There is no shutter button and like generations of studio cameras before it, it has a mechanical, cable-operated shutter release. Not only does this eliminate the possibility of camera shake, it gives the photographer freedom to make up-close adjustments to their subject’s pose, expression and so on, unhindered by having to peer at them through a tiny viewfinder.


This one is a fairly recent acquisition (see date code in Gizmo Guide below) and I came across it at a vast bank holiday car boot sale in Kent. I vaguely remembered seeing cameras like this several years ago in a photographer colleague’s studio so I had a fair idea of what it was for. It looked pretty solid but it wasn’t attracting any attention, probably because it looked to be in a poor state, covered in a film of dirt and gunk. It seems that this wasn’t its first outing in a wet and muddy field… The stallholder was clearly pleased that someone had finally taken an interest in it and was happy to let it go for £2.00, haggled down from £3.00. At that price it wasn’t much of a gamble, though as it happened, underneath the grime it was in excellent condition, and after a thorough clean up it looks like it had hardly been used. The only minor omission was the cable release but this was easily and cheaply remedied and there are plenty of them on ebay, with prices starting at just £3.00, which ironically, is more than I paid for the camera. The shutter and aperture are fully functional and I have no doubt that it is still capable of taking useable photos; there are several suppliers of Fuji FP-100C film on ebay and as soon as I get a spare moment I’ll get one and test it out.


What Happened To It?

There is surprisingly little information online about Shackman, though it appears that the company was founded in the 1930s by two brothers, Rubin and Albert Shackman. They were jewellery makers by trade, who turned to manufacturing specialist cameras and optical instruments, like bombsights, during the Second World War. This became the main part of their business and Shackman cameras were developed for a bewildering variety of applications, everything from electron microscopes to oscilloscopes. The few references I could find suggest that D Shackman & Sons became Shackman Instruments at some point in the 1980s and were based in Gerrards Cross, but at that point the trail goes cold and until I get time to investigate further I cannot say for certain if they are still in business.  


As far as this particular type of camera is concerned, I suspect that this was one of the last of the line. Everything points to it being made somewhere in the late seventies to mid eighties, and it is the least well-documented model, so it probably wasn’t around for very long. Passport cameras of all types were never made in large numbers though; even when photographic studios were a relatively common sight most people would have used cheaper and more convenient photo booths for their passport pictures, but it was probably the decline and eventual disappearance of Polaroid film in the early noughties, and the spectacular rise of digital photography that killed them off. It is difficult to say how much they are worth now; passport cameras rarely appear on ebay and when they do prices can vary enormously, anywhere from £25 to £250 in the short time I have been monitoring sales. Serious camera collecting is not for amateurs and dabblers though, especially when it comes to specialist designs like this one, so only get involved if you know what you are doing but as you can see, there is always the chance of stumbling across a boot sale bargain.  


First seen                1975?

Original Price         £200?

Value Today           £50 (0415)

Features                  Lens: f/11 – 64, min focal distance 1.52 metres. Single fixed speed shutter (1/100th sec), optical viewfinder, flash synchro socket, cable-release shutter mechanism, flash shoe, tripod mounting thread, type 100 Pack instant film (10 exposures 85 x 109mm, print size 4 x 35 x 35mm))

Power req.                    n/a

Dimensions:                  158 x 150 x 145mm

Weight:                         1.6kg

Made (assembled) in:    England

Hen's Teeth (10 rarest):  8




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