The WA67 was designed by Sir Kenneth Corfield, perhaps more famous (in terms of photographic manufacturing history) for his range of Corfield Periflex cameras launched in the 1950s.
The WA67 was a development of a camera, named ‘the Architect’, which Sir Kenneth made for his own use to provide a compact, wide angle, medium format camera with the quality and movements he needed for photographing buildings in the narrow streets of European cities he visited.
The camera was an unusual, perhaps even unique, multinational design combining the Japanese 6x7cm format back from the Mamiya RB67; the German Schneider 47mm f/5.6 Super Angulon; both built onto a British-made camera body with a finder linked to the rising front.
The WA67 was a specialist piece of high quality equipment and as such was expensive (around £1,800 in 1990) and bought almost exclusively by professional photographs who recognised the photographic opportunities it provided.
I am hoping to uncover how many cameras were made and how the camera specification developed over its relatively short production life. I would also be interested to hear the experiences of those who use/used the camera.
To help complete this piece of camera manufacturing history it would be very helpful if you could provide me with details of a camera you own, or have access to, as follows:
- Camera Serial Number:
- Lens Serial Number:
- Prontor or Copal Shutter:
- Mamiya or Horseman back:
- Plain viewfinder or with shaped mask engraved “TOP”:
- 1 or 2 bubble levels (all have top-mounted, some have an additional one on the side):