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  Bebe Camera

The Bebe pocket camera was marketed by Carl Zeiss in circa 1911. As the name implies it reduced the size of the camera to the smallest possible extent. The body is constructed of light metal fitted with a leather bellows. The original model was fitted with a f4.5 Tessar with a focal length of 7.5cm (~3 inches). The camera produced 1 1/2 x 2 1/4 inch exposures on plates. When folded the camera measured 3 3/4 x 2 3/4 x 1 3/4 inches and weighed about 14 ounces. The shutter provided speeds from 1/2 to 1/100th part of a second, plus bulb. The camera could be adapted for single plates in sheaths, a sheath changing box or film pack adapter. Originally priced at £10 10s.

Several variations were made with designated Zeiss model numbers 342, 342/3, 40/2, 41/2.

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