This is a picture of the first
bracket made by Robert Newton. It was made with aluminum purchased
from a hardware store. With a hacksaw and hand drill the pieces were
formed and placed together to allow the camera platform to rotate from
horizontal to vertical.
First Sellable Bracket -
With a radial arm saw from Sears,
a used stand up drill press this bracket was produced. Note the
pistol grip handle. I thought this was the cats meow but a friend
tried it and said it does not feel right so I went to a conventional wood
handle. Also note the size of this unit. It did not take me
long to realize that this was not the design that I wanted to stay with.
First Small Design -
This is a picture of the original
design that became the first VHR-1 Flip It bracket. From this design
also came the first square format bracket the NRB-1. Many changes have
been made on this design but the basic concept has stayed usable until the
current digital era.
First Flash Rotator - RFB Model -
During the early 1980's Bronica
came out with the speed grip for the new ETR 645 camera and Nikon had the
battery grips for their 35mm cameras and this gave the idea of a flash
rotator type bracket that could be used on these cameras that already had
a handle. The RFB is the forerunner of several model changes
including the new Di100FRs and folding Di100FR2.
In the 1990's I was fortunate to
be represented by GMI Photographic. Unfortunately they were
purchased by a company that did not know what to do with my products so I
pulled out. With one dealer of note, the internet, internet forums -
customers telling customers - and digital I have been able to survive,
grow and have the Newton name recognized world wide.