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Dec 04, 2009 18:55 |  #1

Well sort of.
It appears that this is a German made 1938 camera.It appears to work and I'd love to take a picture with it.I guess it's a 35mm but i don't know what film to use.Anyone here familier with this camera and it's operation??
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Dec 04, 2009 18:57 |  #2

Thats'a twin lens reflex that would use 120 roll film.


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Dec 04, 2009 18:59 |  #3

As one not familier with 120 roll film,that is?
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Dec 04, 2009 18:59 |  #4

it is not a 35mm, but I cant remember what film it would take. i believe would take the same as the film hassalblads(spelling).


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Dec 04, 2009 19:02 |  #5

Look here:
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Dec 04, 2009 19:08 |  #6

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Dec 04, 2009 19:08 |  #7

They are fairly simple. It looks it had a regular waist-level finder so you just pop open the top and look down into it. You are looking through the top lens, the bottom lens is the one that projects onto the film. Aperture and shutter speed usually just set with a knob. Prime the shutter, then take picture, then one of the side knobs usually advances the film. They are pretty simple. Look up twin lens reflex camera guide on google. There were millions of cameras made with this same basic design by every brand imaginable. Some cameras are still made with the same basic design.

If you want to use it I'd advise this: Instead of buying a bunch of color 120 film and then having to send it off to process or go to a local pro lab or something....

Get some black and white film and get some chemistry. Enough chemistry to develop a whole bunch of film should be able to be purchased for under $100. I think here in portland at pro photo supply its like $40 for enough to do quite a bit of black and white film. Then you can just develop it in your bathroom. Black and white development is really simple and despite what anyone tells you, you don't need any equipment other than a stopwatch, a container or some sort (cat litter pan works lol) and a bathtub. A thermometer helps. "But your temperatures won't be right"--it doesn't matter, the bathtub will make a decent enough temp stabilizer.

Then you get to have some fun, play with film, and then when you are done or bored clean up the camera and e-bay it.


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Dec 04, 2009 19:10 |  #8

That style camera used to take some great pictures on 120. I had a nice Brownie that used the same. Great camera back in the 60's. I took photos of the first Apollo moon landing right off the TV as it was happening in glorious Black and White! :)




  
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Dec 04, 2009 19:11 |  #9

canon rookie wrote in post #9136938 (external link)
As one not familier with 120 roll film,that is?
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It's about twice as wide as 35mm film... It comes in rolls. A good, old fashioned camera store might sell some.... And might even be able to show you how to load it in the camera.

I imagine that camera shoots 6x6cm images (60mm x 60mm... compare to 24mm x 36mm image that 35mm film cameras shoot.)

You might be able to find a reprint of a manual for that camera online.


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Dec 04, 2009 19:12 as a reply to  @ woos's post |  #10

Where did you manage to find that? Thats a really neat third reich era camera. The DRGM marking stands for "Deutsches Reich Gebrauchsmuster" Which translates into German Reich Registered Design. Not certain about the DRP, could be Deutsche Reichspartei, or Deutsche Reichspost (post office)


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Dec 04, 2009 19:18 |  #11

mastertech01 wrote in post #9136975 (external link)
That style camera used to take some great pictures on 120. I had a nice Brownie that used the same. Great camera back in the 60's. I took photos of the first Apollo moon landing right off the TV as it was happening in glorious Black and White! :)

That is AWESOME!!!! I sometimes look at the moon and think, man~how surreal to walk on the moon!!!!

This is also an AWESOME camera~I love it!!!




  
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Dec 04, 2009 19:23 |  #12

WOW,Thanks for all the interest and replies.
My father gave it to me.He was going to throw it out but thought I might be interested knowing my camera interest.
I'm very intrigued by the fact this is a pre-WW2 German camera and I fully intend to take some B/W photo's with it.I did look on E-bay for this camera and it appears that there may be quite a few in circulation,it seems like a fairly common camera.
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Dec 04, 2009 21:17 |  #13

amfoto1 wrote in post #9136983 (external link)
It's about twice as wide as 35mm film... It comes in rolls. A good, old fashioned camera store might sell some.... And might even be able to show you how to load it in the camera.

I imagine that camera shoots 6x6cm images (60mm x 60mm... compare to 24mm x 36mm image that 35mm film cameras shoot.)

You might be able to find a reprint of a manual for that camera online.

And with 6x6cm images that's usually about 12 pictures a roll. And i just happen to have a ton of old film sitting on my desk. :lol:




  
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Dec 05, 2009 21:56 |  #14

There is a fortune of information about this camera on the web. you should be able to get its date of manufacture dialed in by the serial number, find manuals, and a few reputable repair shops. Look for rolleiflex camera info, the rolleicord was a less expensive version. Have fun, thats a great old box.


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