SUPERB! Rare 1935 Ebner 6x9 Brown Bakelite Art Deco Camera, CLA‘d
Cleaned, Lubricated & Adjusted. Ready for immediate use
If you’ve seen our camera listings before you’ll know that we regularly service and sell prewar Leica, Contax, Super Ikonta, Bessa rangefinder cameras. Personally I love using these cameras but as a collector I’m also interested other brands and models as well. Frankly, classic cameras don’t always need to cost a small fortune to be enjoyable. There are lesser known collectables that will deliver lovely results and a lot of fun too.
With this in mind let me introduce you to a very nice example of what I’m talking about. In this listing we have a very lovely Ebner 6x9 folding camera in brown marbleized Bakelite. Some collectors classify the design of this camera as part of the “Art Deco” movement, while others categorize it as a “Streamline Moderne” design. Whichever title you prefer is of course up to you, but it is without a doubt a very attractive camera. It’s also a rather rare one since it was only produced in limited numbers. This camera was first produced in in 1934 in Stuttgart Germany by Ebner GmbH. It was a fairly large company and at that time they were attempting to diversify its holdings, however in 1935 this company went bankrupt. Because of the low production numbers and the low survival rate, the Ebner camera will always be desirable and hard to find camera.
This Ebner camera is in exceptionally fine condition, especially considering it managed to survive WWII here in Europe and 80 years of history. Additionally this camera has been carefully cleaned, lubricated and adjusted. It also uses normal 120 roll film. . Which of course means that film is easily available for it. The quality Compur shutter works smoothly and all speeds (B, T & 1 sec - 1/250th) are appropriate. The slow speeds buzz along smoothly and the fast speeds are clean and snappy. The bellows are supple and completely light tight.
The lens is a 4.5/105mm Rodenstock Trinar. It’s based on the classic Cooke triplet and has three lens elements in three groups. The Trinar lens is well known for its lovely rendering and bokeh. It produces lovely photos with smooth, attractive backgrounds and this lens is very popular in Europe. The glass looks virtually like new. It’s clean and clear. There are no scratches or cleaning marks and it’s capable of producing lovely photos with modern color and B&W films.
All in all a wonderful classic camera. 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 medium format camera with you.