The camera that I recently acquired is similar to an early pre-war Linhof in that it has a die-cast and machined aluminum body with leather panel inserts, a dovetail machined extension bed, geared rise, and exquisitly precise machining. It has a Steinheil Orthostigmat lens in a dial-set Compur shutter (mfg. 1912 to 1929). It differs from a Linhof in that the front lens tilts at the base using a lovely cylindrical rotating slide mechanism (kinda like a Sinar P), has a drop bed, but uses dovetail slides on the bed rather than indexed hinges, and has an (American) Kalart rangefinder. The front standard slides horizontally. The format is 9cm by 12cm and uses thin film holders, perhaps similar to the old Linhof single-sheet holders (I don't have a holder). There are no identifying marks on the camera except the name Dr. Eug. Weiss (former owner?) engraved on the bed. It looks like there is a piece missing that was mounted above the tripod screw in the bed that may have contained a small circular name plate. Any ideas of what it is? One person who responded to my posting in photo.net classic camera forum thought that it might be a Kern of Aarau Switzerland and a posting in classic-camera.com brought a similar response. However,
The Wild Corporation in Switzerland has a site for dating old Kern survy instruments at http://www.surveyhistory.org/how_old...kern_&_co_.htm. An inquirery about my camera brought the following response from Jeurg Dedual ("Juerg Dedual" <firstname.lastname@example.org>):
I am not sure if this is really a Kern camera … I guess not !
I know Kern made at least four different camera types and also projector.
The types where called:
Rollka / Simplo
I do have a the Kern Precision camera in my collection and this one looks different, but also has the Compur shutter.
„Kern Plattenkamera 9x12 mit Kern lens 6.3/135 in, Compur shutter“ Verschluss, Mattscheiben Rückteil, Metallgehäuse, Objektiv höhenverstellbar, dabei Ledertasche
The Bijou and the Sport look similar to the Precision and yours seems not be made from Kern, The brackets look different
Unfortunately, I still do not know what camera I have! Any guesses?