1938 Voigtlander Brillant 6x6 TLR, CLA'd, Freshly Serviced!
Cleaned, Lubricated & Adjusted. Ready for immediate use!
This is a Voigtlander Brillant TLR is from circa 1938. Produced during the 1930’s Great Depression, compared to the higher end offerings from Voigtlander the Brillant was a modest camera intended for buyers on a budget. Despite that, the Brillant was an excellent design and had features that significantly increased its performance compared to other cameras in this segment.
To make it easier and more convenient to use, the Brillant features a film frame counter on the side of the camera. To increase the performance of this camera (which is the top-of-the line version) it’s equipped with a quality Compur shutter and an excellent 75mm Skopar lens which is similar in design and performance to the Carl Zeiss Tessar.
Some 82 years after it was produced, this Voigtlander is in excellent condition. Naturally it has some signs of use but it’s obvious that someone took excellent care of it. And in case you’re wondering, it uses 120 roll film which is of course still widely available. So, if you’ve been looking for a reliable prewar camera to work with, without breaking the bank, you’ve just found it. It’s a lovely little camera and enjoyable to use.
This camera has been carefully cleaned, lubricated and adjusted. The top of the line Compur-Rapid shutter works well and all speeds (T, B, & 1 Sec-1/500th) are appropriate. The slow speeds buzz along nicely and the faster ones are clean and snappy.
The Voigtlander Skopar 4.5/7,5 cm (75mm) lens is in exceptionally fine condition. The Skopar is a classic design with four elements in three groups. This lens looks virtually like new. It’s very clean and clear. There are no separated elements, crystallization or other defects. There are no scratches, no cleaning marks and it’s capable of producing lovely photos with modern color or B&W films.
It comes complete with a vintage brown leather camera case.
All in all, an enjoyable 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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