The Superb is a 6×6 medium format TLR camera, introduced by Voigtländer in 1933 featuring a f/3.5 F=7.5cm Voigtländer Anastigmat Skopar in a Compur shutter with times from 1 sec. to 1/250 sec plus T and B.
Ergonomics of the camera are amazing, all settings from aperture to exposure time and focus distance can be modified by looking down the camera front from above.
A very interesting detail is how the shutter time setting is “projected” upwards to be visible from above: the time labels are in mirror writing when viewed from the front, a small prism reflects them to be readable from above.
The last feature I would like to mention is the parallax compensation of the viewfinder. The complete finder chamber including viewing lens and mirror is tilted downwards when the focus distance is reduced. This way the image in the viewfinder is as close to what the taking lens sees as possible.
A second model of the Superb followed in 1934 and in addition to the Skopar was also available with a f/3.5 Voigtländer Heliar. All features of the first model besides the lens remained the same. The only visible change were the strap connectors which replaced the strap “ears” of the first model.
Agfa Standard cameras are a range of folding cameras, some models for plates and pack film, and others for roll film. They were made by Agfa from about 1926 until the 1930s. All of them are easily identified by the name ‘Standard’ below the lens and shutter. Continue reading “Agfa Standard 120 Rollfilm”→
Kodak’s No.2 Beau Brownie is a box camera for 120 film. The camera was designed by Walter Dorwin Teague, the front face is of two-tone enamel and shows a typical Art Deco design. Continue reading “Kodak No.2 Beau Brownie”→
The Asahi Pentax 6×7 is what I call an SLR on steroids. It looks like a regular SLR for 35 mm film has been pumped up in size to use 120 roll film. Negative size is 6 x 7 cm giving the camera it’s name. Continue reading “Asahi Pentax 6×7”→
The Rolleicord was the simpler, less expensive version of the Rolleiflex TLR by Franke & Heidecke. There were various models starting with the Rolleicord I in 1933 and ending with the Rolleicord Vb in 1976. Continue reading “Rolleicord I Model 1 “Art Deco””→