Superb! 1932 Voigtlander Bergheil Camera with Heliar lens! Freshly serviced CLA’d
Cleaned, Lubricated & Adjusted. Ready for immediate use!
This is a Voigtlander Bergheil 6.5x9cm camera in exceptionally fine condition. It was built in prewar Germany as a top 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 the standard lens, it also means that various longer lenses can be used as well. 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’s work, I recommend looking him up on the internet.
The serial number of the lens and shutter indicate that this camera was produced in circa 1932. It’s equipped with a quality Compur shutter. This shutter has been carefully cleaned, lubricated and adjusted. All shutter speeds (T, B, 1 sec – 1/250th) 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 Heliar 4.5/ 10,5cm (105mm). (A superb design with five elements in three groups.) The Heliar lens is well known, well loved and is recognized as a master piece of design. It was an absolute top quality lens of its day. For decades it was a benchmark of sharpness, but its greatness is not simply defined by high resolution. What photographers and artists love about this lens is the beautiful rendition in the fore and back ground. It’s something the Japanese refer to as bokeh. Simply said, this lens has a gorgeous bokeh. Open up the lens or narrow the depth of field by getting closer and the focus rolls on and off silky smooth as cream… Soft out of focus foreground moves lovingly into sharp focus on your subject matter and then off again into gently blurred background. There are few lenses that do it as nicely as this. If you’ve seen it, you know what I mean. If you haven’t, well then you’re in for a treat….
The superb Heliar 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.
It comes complete with a removable back which feature a ground glass with folding leather shade, and a lovely “wallet” containing three glass plate holders numbered. Naturally the brown case is also included.
In case you’re wondering, 6x9 Roll-film backs were produced for this camera, which will allow you to use 120 roll film. They backs were produced by various companies. The easiest to find were produced by “Rada” and “Rollex-Patent” and they show up regularly on eBay.
All in all, an exceptionally fine classic camera with an exceptional lens. It’s the perfect companion 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 that you had a classic camera with you...