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  Bergheil Folding Camera

The Bergheil folding camera was manufactured by the Voigtlander AG ltd. company from approximately 1914 to 1933. many variations were made throughout this time. It was available in three sizes, a 3 1/2 x 2 1/2 inch ( 6 1/2 x 9 cm), a 4 1/4 x 3 1/4 inch quarter plate (9 x 12 cm), and a 10 x 15 cm. It was a well built folding camera made of lightweight aluminum alloy. It was covered in black morocco leather and the metal parts were either nickel plated or black enameled. The bellows were made of best quality black leather. Features included double rack and pinion focusing movement with a clamping device and infinity catch. A U-front design for rigidity with rising and cross movements via rack and pinion. A brilliant finder and a direct wire frame finder are provided along with an embedded spirit level. The struts lock into place to ensure the camera does not collapse when taking photos. Various lens were fitted with the Bergheil, including a F/6.3 Collinear, f/4.5 Heliar, f/3.5 Heliar, and a f/4.5 Skopar, all mounted in a Compur shutter. Prices ranged from $50 to $90 originally.

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