Superb! 1928 Voigtlander Bergheil Camera with Heliar lens. With 120 roll-film back by Rada. Freshly serviced CLA’d
Cleaned, Lubricated & Adjusted. Ready for immediate use!
This is a Voigtlander Bergheil 6.5x9cm camera. It was built in prewar Germany as a top quality, double extension camera. It was carefully constructed of metal and covered with real Moroccan leather. The double extension feature of the leather bellows is a valuable feature since not only does it allow the camera to focus to very close distances with the standard lens, it’s also allows the use of lenses with a longer focal length as well.
The serial number of the lens (445782) indicates that it was produced in circa 1928. It’s mounted in a quality dial set Compur shutter. This shutter has been carefully cleaned, lubricated and adjusted. All shutter speeds (T, B, 1 sec – 1/250th) are appropriate. The slow speeds buzz along smoothly and the faster speeds are clean and snappy.
The lens on this camera is the famous Voigtlander Heliar 4.5/10,5cm (105mm). (A superb design with five elements in three groups.) The Heliar lens is well known, well loved and is recognized as a masterpiece of design. It was an absolute top quality lens of its day. For decades it was a benchmark of sharpness, but its greatness is not simply defined by high resolution. What photographers and artists love about this lens is the beautiful rendition in the fore and back-ground. It’s something the Japanese refer to as bokeh. Simply said, this lens has a gorgeous bokeh. Open up the lens or narrow the depth of field by getting closer and the focus rolls on and off silky smooth as cream… Soft out of focus foreground moves lovingly into sharp focus on your subject matter and then off again into gently blurred background. There are few lenses that do it as nicely as this. If you’ve seen it, you know what I mean. If you haven’t, well then you’re in for a treat…
The Heliar lens is in fine condition. It’s clean and clear with just a single light scratch, no cleaning marks and it’s capable of producing lovely photos with modern color & B&W film.
Focus is easily achieved by using the distance scale on the lens bed or by focusing on the removable ground glass. The camera comes complete with its original ground glass back which features a lovely folding leather shade. Also included is an excellent 6x9 120 roll-film back by Rada.
All in all, an exceptionally beautiful classic camera with a fine Heliar lens and Compur shutter.