1931 Voigtlander 9x12 Camera with 6x9 120 roll film back. Freshly serviced, CLA'd!
Cleaned, Lubricated & Adjusted. Ready for immediate use!
This is a Voigtlander 9x12 cm camera in excellent condition. It was built in prewar Germany as a fine quality, double extension camera. It was carefully constructed of metal and covered with real Moroccan leather. The double extension feature is a valuable feature since not only does it allow the camera to focus at very close distances with its standard lens, it also means that should you decide to fit a longer lens and shutter you’ll still have plenty of draw for focusing.
The serial number of the lens (571080) indicates that it was produced in circa 1931. It’s equipped with a quality dial set Compur shutter. This shutter has been carefully cleaned, lubricated and adjusted. All shutter speeds (T, B, 1 sec – 1/200th) 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 Skopar 4.5/ 13,5cm (135mm). It’s very similar in design and performance to the Zeiss Tessar lens and it features four elements in three groups.
An interesting historical fact is that the Voigtlander Bergheil was Brassai’s favorite camera. This photographer used a Bergheil extensively to record images of Paris in the 1920’s and ‘30’s. If you’re not familiar with Brassai, I recommend looking him up on the internet.
The lens is exceptionally clean. There is no fungus, separated elements or other problems. The glass looks virtually like new. There are no scratches, no cleaning marks and it’s capable of producing lovely photos with modern color & B&W film.
The camera comes complete with a ground glass back with folding leather shade and a Rollex-Patent 120 Roll-film back. The roll-film back allows you to use normal 120 roll film to make 6x9 format photos.
All in all, a very fine classic camera. It’s the perfect companion for that perfect photo 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 camera with you.