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Voigtlander Bergheil - A small one

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I thought some of you might like to see a very small bellows camera and I have a few questions if anyone has some ideas. Anyhow, it is a Voigtlander Bergheil. The entire camera is not much bigger than a pack of cards. This camera came with what appears to be 12 film backs, 1 glass plate back and a roll film back and some other things. The 75 mm Heliar is mounted on a Compur shutter with speeds ranging from 1 second to 1/300 second. Diaphragm adjusts from f4.5 to 25. There are some simple movements - straight up and down and from left to right but nothing fancier than that.

My questions - Did they every make 6x4.5 sheet film? Hard to believe. I am going to take a stab at trying to load one of those backs. There is a dial on the front marked with "M", "D" and "Z" - if set on "M", the shutter operates as expected. If I dial in the other two letters, I am not able to cock the shutter. What could these be for? I suppose knowing some German here would help. Oh, and there is a button at the bottom of the frame that holds the shutter that I cannot determine its function. It is essentially part of a shaft that goes across the rails, has a spring on it ... it can be seen in the attached pictures. I included on one of those small LED flashlights in the pictures to give you a bit of scale.

Thanks!

Dave

 
Date: Oct 8, 2017   


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