1938 Beier Precisa 6x6 medium format camera, CLA'd, Freshly Serviced!
Cleaned, Lubricated & Adjusted. Ready for immediate use
This is a hard to find Precisa folding medium format camera. It was built in Germany in circa 1938 by the Beier Kamera Fabrik. This camera were popular with photographers of the period because it’s compact size and excellent performance. The best versions featured excellent lenses and top of the line shutters. Many of these cameras were used by soldiers on all sides of the conflict during WW2. Because of the low production numbers and that many were lost, damaged or destroyed during WWII, it’s difficult to find a clean fully functioning Beier Precisa. It remains an interesting addition to any collection.
This camera uses 120 roll film and can also produce 6x4.5 exposures. The rare original reduction mask is included. (It’s actually harder to find than the camera!)
This camera has been carefully cleaned, lubricated and adjusted. The quality Compur-Rapid shutter was the best shutter of its time and was only found on expensive top of the line models. It works smoothly and all speeds (B, T & 1 sec - 1/400th) are appropriate. The slow speeds buzz along smoothly and the fast speeds are clean and snappy. The bellows are supple and completely light tight.
The lens is a fast 2.9/75mm Rodenstock Trinar, it’s based on the classic Cooke triplet and has three lens elements in three groups. The Trinar lens is well known for its lovely rendering and bokeh. It produces lovely photos with smooth, attractive backgrounds and this lens is very popular in Europe. The glass looks virtually like new. It’s clean and clear. There are no scratches or cleaning marks and it’s capable of producing lovely photos with modern color and B&W films.
All in all, a very enjoyable classic camera. Load it with your favorite film and keep it handy for that perfect shot you’ve been looking for. You know the one... the one with the perfect Ansel Adams light breaking through the dark storm clouds that leaves you wishing that you had a classic medium format camera with you…