Soho Limited of London, England manufactured this attractive bakelite camera in 1933. It is a folding roll-film design that shoots 2 1/4 x 3 1/4 inch (6 x 9 cm) images on size 120 film. The lens and shutter housing is also made of bakelite, an unusual touch for a folding bakelite camera.
The shutter is quite simple, offering only time and instantaneous settings. The lens aperture is a fixed size. The Pilot has a simple reflex viewfinder, and a red window is used to count exposures. This is a fairly basic camera.
On the other hand, the camera has great looking designs molded into the bakelite and a hefty, quality feel in the hand. For me, it is a work of art, more attractive in person than in my photographs.
Page created July 17, 2001; updated December 20, 2020