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1928 Voigtlander Bergheil with Heliar lens



This is a Bergheil 6.5x9cm camera which was produced in Germany by Voigtländer from 1927 to 1932 as a top quality, double extension camera. Carefully constructed of metal and covered with real Moroccan leather, it featured fine controls that allowed a photographer to shift the lens very precisely. The double extension feature was also a valuable feature since not only allowed the camera to focus at very close distances with the standard lens, it also allowed various longer lenses to be be used as well. The Bergheil was used by a number of famous photographers including  Julius Brassai. The 6.5x9 Bergheil was Brassai’s favorite camera and he used it extensively to record a famous series of images of Paris in the 1920’s and ‘30’s.

These photo were taken with a 6.5x9 Bergheil which we had the pleasure of having in our shop. It features a 4.5/105 Voitlander Heliar lens mounted in a Compur shutter. The owner hails from New York and as is often the case, he was kind enough to share his photos with us.  Copyright 2016 Ray Vickers. All rights reserved.

 These photos were taken with the aid of a 6x9 Rollex-Patent film back which allows the use of 120 roll-film.

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