Tropical Deckrullo - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Tropical Deckrullo

1919

Contessa-Nettel

Stuttgart

Germany

Image of Tropical Deckrullo

Lens:
f4.5, 18cm Zeiss Tessar, iris diaphragm to f50. Serial no. 590246 (1924).

Shutter:
Vertically running cloth focal-plane, speeds 1/2 - 1/2800, B, T. Speeds adjusted by varying the tension and the slit width. Self-capping.

Construction:
Teak body, nickel fittings, brown leather bellows, red focusing hood.

Format:
10 x 15 cm plates held in double dark-slides.

Focusing:
Bellows to 6 feet.

Attributes:
Removable frame finder. Focusing button to open blinds. Removable lens panel.

Movements:
Rise and cross front.

Serial Number:
S374134 .

With:
Hooded focusing screen. 3 double dark-slides (1 - 6). Lens cap. Case by Contessa-Nettel.

The Deckrullo was one of the most popular of the 'press' camera designs of the pre 1940 period. The design is that of a shallow box containing the shutter into which the front panel, attached by scissor struts to the rear box collapses when not in use.

The camera was originally made by Nettel Werk, known as the Nettel and later as the Deckrullo. It continued in production after the merger with Contessa (1919). Following the founding of Zeiss-Ikon the camera was adopted as that company's 'press' camera model.

The camera was available with a variety of lenses when made by Nettel. At that time the metal parts of tropical models were finished in brown rather than nickel that was used later.

During the C-N period the tropical model was offered in 6.5 x 9 cm, 9 x 12 cm and 10 x 15 cm sizes as well as stereo versions in 10 x 15 cm and 6 x 13 cm. The lenses were generally f4.5 Tessars. Accessories available included: f6.3 Tele-Tessar; extension bellows; stereo rack; stereo lens panel, changing box and film pack adapter.

During the Zeiss-Ikon period the shutter dial was re-designed and simplified and more lens options became available.

The cost in 1925 for this model was £33.10.0.

References & Notes:
BJA 1910, pp. 10, 655. BJA 1911, p. 9. BJA 1912, p. 9. BJA 1924, p. 697. BJA 1925, p. 685. BJA 1926, p. 664. BJA 1927, p. 709. BJA 1928, p. 680. BJA 1929, p. 679. BJA 1930, p. 660. BJA 1931, p. 579. ZI Cat. 1936, p. 66.

Further Information:
Tubbs, ZI Cameras, pp.15, 37, 118.

Illustrations:
Holmes, Age of Cameras, p.137. Tropical extension bellows. Prague Cat. 299, 297, 295.

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