Voigtländer Superb

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.

Camera back
Camera back

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.

Superb ergonomics
Superb ergonomics

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.

Shutter time display
Shutter time display

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.

Parallax compensation
Parallax compensation

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.

China Time 2012
ADOX CHS 100 ART @100 ISO
ADOX APH 09 1+50 @9 min rotation
China Time 2012
ADOX CHS 100 ART @100 ISO
ADOX APH 09 1+50 @9 min rotation
Hamburg City Hall
ADOX CHS 100 ART @100 ISO
ADOX APH 09 1+50 @9 min rotation
Hamburg City Hall
ADOX CHS 100 ART @100 ISO
ADOX APH 09 1+50 @9 min rotation

Links:
http://camera-wiki.org/wiki/Superb

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