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    Voigtlander indentification help

    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,
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    hmm - googeling your camera ad (the lens) I found this:

    http://www.photohistory.at/kameras2.htm

    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....

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    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.
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    A few "pics"---I just put the thing on a scanner. That's the best I can do right now!
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    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.

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    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....

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    I believe they were made for Voigtlander by Hofmeister in Jena:
    https://www.leicashop.com/vintage/vo...cm-p-3585.html

    There are a few different types here:
    https://www.leicashop.com/vintage/vo...34_103450.html

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    Maybe a "Walter Talbot" mfg. in Berlin, patterned after a Voigtlander?
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    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...
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    On the other hand Compur was a very adopted shutter and so were Skopar or Hofmeister lenses.

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    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.

    http://www.kamera-geschichte.de/file...5x9_1930_d.htm

    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.

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