K.W. Pilot

The Pilot was made between 1931 and 1937 by Kamera-Werkstätten Guthe & Thorsch in Dresden, Germany, and takes 3 x 4 cm images on 127 film. It is one of the rare folding twin lens reflex cameras. The folding design is quite unusual for a TLR, Welta Perfekta and Superfekta are other examples. But the Pilot is the only folding 3 x 4 TLR I know of.

My Pilot features a Schneider-Kreuznach Xenar lens wiht f/2.9 F=5cm in a Compur leaf shutter with times from 1 sec to 1/300 sec, Bulb and Time. According to McKeown’s Price Guide there are also examples with Zeiss f/2.8 F=5cm Tessar, f/2.0 F=4.5cm Biotar, f/3.5 F=5cm Elmar, or f/2.7 F=5cm Meyer Makro-Plasmat.

The camera has the usual waist-level viewfinder as most TLRs, and a folding sports finder on the left of the body for portrait-oriented photographs.


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