We know that for a young artist to even consider experimenting with a camera lucida, it has to be inexpensive. So we worked closely with experienced high-end manufacturers and designers Big Idea Design to make a sturdy, light, and finely-crafted tool.
We use a silvered prism, optimized for optical clarity, carefully encased in a custom anodized aluminum mount. The prism is supported by a highly adjustable gooseneck arm and a sturdy metal clamp. We even use a 1/4”-20 threaded bolt as the connection between the gooseneck arm and the prism holder—so your NeoLucida arm can easily double as a standard camera mount.
Our research is based on careful study of Pablo’s camera lucida collection—one of the most complete primary resources on the technology in the world. Over the course of a decade, Pablo has amassed a personal collection of the best examples of original camera lucidas throughout history. In his collection are devices from 1820, 1840, 1860, 1880, 1900, 1930, and several versions sold as children’s drawing aids from the 1940s through the 1960s.