View Full Version : Voigtlander indentification help

10-23-2011, 02:33 PM
Hi all--
I just picked up an old Voigtlander folder but I am having trouble figuring out which model it is! I'm digging through McKeown's and can't seem to get it right. I did find an old advertisement for it, but it's in German. Anyone familiar with this camera? Thanks,

10-23-2011, 03:55 PM
hmm - googeling your camera ad (the lens) I found this:


this is what it states:

BONA, ca. 1927
Herlango, Wien; Plattenkamera 6,5x9cm mit
Hofmeister Syrconar 5,4/10,5cm in Vario - Verschluß, doppelter Auszug
Frühes Modell ohne Rahmensucher, spätere Modelle nicht mehr mit dieser Optik und nur mehr mit Rahmensucher erhältlich.

What lens is on your camera? what size?
A picture or two would help....

10-23-2011, 04:41 PM
I'll try to get some photos later. It's a 6.5 x 9cm with a 10.5cm Syrconar-Doppelanastigmat 1:4.5 Hofmeister, Jena in a Compur shutter. The only marking on the outside is a small round logo that reads "Walter Talbot Berlin"--thought the top part of it is missing, I think it says Walter.

10-23-2011, 07:25 PM
A few "pics"---I just put the thing on a scanner. That's the best I can do right now!

10-24-2011, 12:19 PM
Lens Vade Mecum says these lenses were used on Norica Minor and Trumpf Cameras by Conrad A Muller- but you are sure it's a Voigtlander camera? It generally has good things to say about these lens although no mention of the "Doppel-Anastigmat" in particular. It's probably a Dagor design lens.

10-24-2011, 02:02 PM
Hmmmm...now that you mention it, it's only the stack of film holders that have Voigtlander markings. It just looks so much like a few other Voigtlanders that I have I must have just assumed. Whoops! Back to the big book....


11-15-2011, 04:59 AM
I believe they were made for Voigtlander by Hofmeister in Jena:

There are a few different types here:

Rick A
11-15-2011, 05:19 AM
Maybe a "Walter Talbot" mfg. in Berlin, patterned after a Voigtlander?

01-01-2012, 01:56 PM
There were a number of brands using the same parts as Voitgländer did in those years (1920-1937).
My Avus, for exemple, or a Bergheil shows similar frame, bellow, viewfinder...
On the other hand Compur was a very adopted shutter and so were Skopar or Hofmeister lenses.

01-01-2012, 11:12 PM
This was a reasonably common style in the 30s, as luibargi says. Could be a Continental-Eastman Recomar (which were manufactured in Stuttgart), a Porst/Hapo, the Bona mentioned above, or probably a half dozen other cameras that were very similar. If I had to guess, I'd say it's probably a Porst - perhaps the Spezialmodell T.


Google says Walter Tabot was a camera dealer in Berlin in the early 1900s, which jives with my understanding of labeling cameras in Germany at the time.

02-04-2012, 08:35 PM
I have an ICA Ideal 225 (c.1922) which looks similar. These were a popular design and I think there was a similar French model.

The Compur shutters are very good, and the lens says "Hofmeister". There is one on Leicashop for sale, and they've called the camera a Hofmeister, but that may be because that is the only clue to a name.

Often, the maker's name (or camera model) is stamped into the leather handle.

Anyway, you've got a good solid camera with all the adjustments (these cameras were often used for architectural photography), good shutter, and if the lens is comparable quality to those of the era, it'll be very good too.