New (old) strange camera....

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  1. gandolfi

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    I got this camera today - as a gift from my ex girlfriend..

    It is a studio camera in a nice condition.

    size is approx 9x12" but it has all kinds of inlays and cassettes to go with it.

    What is really strange with this camera is the front, which is a huge mirror (!!) with a hole cut for the lens..

    A camera for portraits? (not easy to have the models look directly in the camera with this mirror....:tongue: )

    A camera for self portraits? then the mirror would certainly help..

    Secondly, this camera has a round "front plate", placed behind the mirror. The extra front plate I have, has markings for three holes, so I think it was ment to have up to three lenses fittet at the same time.. the front plate can be turned, so the "right" lens can take its place...

    Behind it all, there is an old Packard like shutter...

    The camera is nameless - so have any of you seen this before?

    (the stand makes me think it might be an old danish camera, called NORKA, but I don't know, even if it makes sense...)
     

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    Any woman who'd give you this sort of gift shouldn't be your EX-girlfriend!

    :smile:
     
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    well - I have nice ex girlfriends - keeping a good relationship with them seems to pay of...:D

    I asked about this on LF forum, and there are suggestions that this was made for copying work - something to do with lighting on flat shiny surfaces...

    I don't know..
     
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    WOW!!! Super Find!!! I suggest you Buy That Woman A Ring!
     
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    Hi

    I sees your a Dane, so you will understand this:

    1930 / 40 - Norka atelierkameraer

    I 30'erne var danskeren Jens Peter Hansen en af Skandinaviens førende producenter af atelierkameraer til portrætfoto under mærket Norka, hans kameraer var meget gennemtænkte og funktionelle, og de blev eksporteret til mange lande bl.a. USA og Rusland.

    Produktionen af Norka kameraer blev hårdt ramt af anden verdenskrig. Det var næsten umuligt at eksportere, og det var svært at skaffe fotomaterialer. Norka fabrikken havde desværre til huse i en ejendom, hvor der også lå en fabrik, som syede uniformer, og da uniformsfabrikken blev saboteret, medførte den efterfølgende brand, at Norkas produktion blev lagt i aske.

    A little something on this camera.

    Cheers - Oliver
     
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    So - it's a 24x330cm Norka studio camera then?

    I clearly need to take a trip to Denmark! :D
     
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    I have seen something like that, I think, called a sun camera here in the US. The mirror is used to reflect light back onto the subject from an angle based on the slight rotation of either the camera front and back or just the mirror. I've forgotten now. They used to have a sun window to use to extend a mirror out beyond the studio to capture the sun if it was off angle too far.

    PE
     
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    hi Oliver. I know the story behing NORKA, but I am still unsure if this is one...
    Normally NORKA stands have the name in huge letters on the metal base...
    This doesn't..
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    "So - it's a 24x330cm Norka studio camera then?

    I clearly need to take a trip to Denmark!
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    definetively not 330cm!!:D

    but come down and look for your self! it is about time (?)