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    Voigtlander folder

    Does anyone know if/how I can identify the age of of a Voigtlander folder?

    It has a Anastigmat skopar 118mm f/4.8 lens. Serial number 869621

    The number on the inside of the lid is D887503

    The camera uses 116 filmspools and came with a wicked croc-skin case.

    Tom.

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    According to the serial number, it would have been made in 1934-35.
    J. Patric Dahlén

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    Thanks Patric.
    So is it a Bessa? There are no markings apart from Voigtlander.

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    J. Patric Dahlén

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    Maybe not InosII, it says it has a max aperture of f/4.5, but my one has a max of f/4.8!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomalophicon View Post
    Maybe not InosII, it says it has a max aperture of f/4.5, but my one has a max of f/4.8!
    Yes, but the 6,5x11 model for 116-film had for a time a 4,8 lens.

    http://pagesperso-orange.fr/voigtlan...ages/inos2.htm

    Does it look like that?
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    I don't believe there were any 116-format Bessae, but I can't prove it for sure. Simple diagnostic---all Bessae have front-cell focussing, while the earlier Rollfilmkamera, and apparently also the Inos, move the whole front standard.

    Early Voigtlaender models are a bearcat to sort out. It was nice of them to eventually start putting the model name on the body consistently, but it took a while to get there...

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    Quote Originally Posted by JPD View Post
    Yes, but the 6,5x11 model for 116-film had for a time a 4,8 lens.

    http://pagesperso-orange.fr/voigtlan...ages/inos2.htm

    Does it look like that?
    It looks like that exactly but without the finder on the lens. Maybe it was removed or broken.

    Thanks for your help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ntenny View Post
    I don't believe there were any 116-format Bessae, but I can't prove it for sure. Simple diagnostic---all Bessae have front-cell focussing, while the earlier Rollfilmkamera, and apparently also the Inos, move the whole front standard.

    Early Voigtlaender models are a bearcat to sort out. It was nice of them to eventually start putting the model name on the body consistently, but it took a while to get there...

    -NT
    The front standard definitely shifts when focusing.

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    A few tips about using 120-film in a 116-camera:

    http://www.apug.org/forums/forum147/...ept-120-a.html

    http://www.mattdentonphoto.com/camer...onv/index.html

    A fun little project for you this... is it winter in down there?
    J. Patric Dahlén

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