1932 Voigtlander Inos II 6x9 Folder, CLA’d, FRESHLY SERVICED!
Cleaned, Lubricated & Adjusted. Ready for immediate use
This week we have another rather hard to find Voigtlander Inos II 6x9 medium format folder. It was built in circa 1932, uses 120 roll film and is very popular with owners, users and collectors, few are willing to give them up and it’s easy to see why. It is certainly one of the prettiest and most unusual 6x9 cameras ever built. I absolutely love its 1930’s Science Fiction, Flash Gordon look. It’s covered with very attractive knobs and buttons and a complex looking depth of field chart.
An especially nice touch are the three knobs which look like the electrical insulators from a 1930’s Frankenstein film. These ribbed knobs lift up and lock, allowing easy access to the film spools. The two pierced dials used to focus the camera and advance the film are nice too. They have a fine gripable texture while at the same time providing the camera with a unique look. It's a look that was rather fashionable at a time when Zeppelins and aircraft design were at the cutting edge of technology and that technology was obsessed with losing weight and mass with lightening holes and grooves. Like the very closely related and famous Voigtlander Prominent, one of the wheels is for advancing the film and the other, interestingly enough, is for focusing. This leads us right into the Inos’s strongest point. In a period when most folding cameras focused the image by using “front cell focusing” in which the first lens element is screwed in and out, the Inos took a different approach. Its lens and shutter moved back and forth as a unit. This improved optical performance quite a bit, especially when working up close. As a result, when most cameras in 1932 could only close focus to 2 meters, the Inos beat them all by focusing down to a meter. This is pretty impressive for a 105 mm lens and it does make a difference when shooting portraits. But not satisfied with that, Voigtlander also arranged things in such a way that you can even focus the camera when it is closed. The focus can be preset whenever desired and when the camera is opened, the lens automatically slides out of the body to the correct focus, allowing you as a photographer to concentrate on finding the right composition and the decisive moment. Used properly, a shot could be taken within seconds of unfolding the Inos, combining compact size with speed.
This Inos II is in excellent condition with a very lovely patina. (Please see photos) The real leather covering is in great shape. The bellows are supple and completely light tight. It’s been carefully cleaned, lubricated and adjusted. The quality Compur shutter works smoothly and all speeds (T,B & 1 sec - 1/250th) are appropriate.
The lens is the famous 4.5/105mm Skopar, (a top quality four element lens similar in design and performance as the Zeiss Tessar). The lens is exceptionally clean. There are no separated elements, crystallization or other problems. There are no scratches or polishing marks and it’s capable of producing lovely photos with modern color and black & white films.
All in all it’s a wonderful gem of a camera and capable of producing big beautiful results. A perfect addition to your collection and a perfect companion in the hunt for that perfect shot. You know the one… the one with the Ansel Adams light breaking through the dark storm clouds that leaves you wishing you had a classic medium format camera with you.
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