1934 Voigtlander 6x6 Superb TLR, CLAd, Freshly Serviced!
Cleaned, Lubricated & Adjusted. Ready for immediate use
This is a Voigtlander Superb TLR which was produced in Germany in 1934. This model was only available for one year. Introduced in the same year as the legendary Voigtlander Prominent rangefinder camera, the Superb shares many of the goals, philosophy and manufacturing techniques displayed in the Prominent. Voigtlander explored a serious alternative design for the 6x6 Rolleiflex and then created this heavy duty Über Kamera. The body is die-cast alloy. Film moves horizontally rather than vertically (as in in Rolleiflex). To adjust for viewfinder parallax, the top lens moves forward and down when the camera is close focused. Among the interesting features, the shutter speed dial is engraved in reverse (mirrored) so that it will appear correct when viewed from above through a small prism. It’s a substantial camera and it weighs quite a bit more than a classic Rolleiflex.
Some 84 years after it was produced, this Voigtlander Super is, well..... superb. It’s in excellent condition and ready to be put to use. Naturally there are signs of use, for example there are some scratches on the matt glass but nothing that will distract from the joy of using it. So if you’ve been looking for an unusual and significant prewar camera to shoot with, than you’ve just found it. It’s impressive, it’s significant and it works well.
This camera has been carefully cleaned, lubricated and adjusted. The Compur shutter works well and all speeds (1 Sec-1/250th) are appropriate. The slow speeds buzz along nicely and the faster ones are clean and snappy.
The Voigtlander Skopar 3.5/7,5 cm (75mm) is a classic design with four elements in three groups. The lens is in exceptionally fine condition. There are no scratches or cleaning marks. It’s clean and clear. There are no separated elements, crystallization or other problems and it’s capable of producing lovely photos on modern color and B&W films.
It comes complete with lens caps and original brown leather case.
All in all, a wonderful classic camera. The perfect camera for photographers with a historical interest. (Also an excellent choice for WWII reenactors.) 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 you had a classic camera with you.
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