Foth Derby - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Foth Derby

Version of c. 1934

C.F. Foth & Co.

Berlin

Germany

Image of Foth Derby

Lens:
f3.5, 50 mm Foth Anastigmat. Serial no. 57250 .

Shutter:
Focal-plane, speeds 1/25 - 1/500, B. Delayed action. Self-capping.

Construction:
Leather covered metal body, leather bellows.

Format:
16, 4 x 3 cm exposures on 127 roll-film.

Focusing:
Helical, to 3 feet, scale to 3 ½ feet.

Attributes:
Direct-vision view-finder.
Film advance indicated by two 'red' windows, two pairs: red for orthochromatic, green for panchromatic. Not coupled to shutter.

Foth Derby

Version of c. 1934

C.F. Foth & Co.

Berlin

Germany

Image of Foth Derby

Lens:
f3.5, 50 mm Foth Anastigmat, iris diaphragm to f16. Serial no. 40339 .

Shutter:
Focal-plane, speeds 1/25 - 1/500, B. Delayed action. Self-capping.

Construction:
Leather covered metal body, leather bellows.

Format:
16, 4 x 3 cm exposures on 127 roll-film.

Focusing:
Helical, to 3 feet, scale to 3 ½ feet.

Attributes:
Direct-vision view-finder, open pattern.
Film advance indicated by two red windows. Not coupled to shutter.

Identification:
This example is earlier than the previous entry, it has only two red windows to show film advance.

With:
Lens cap.

Foth Derby

De Luxe version

C.F. Foth & Co.

Berlin

Germany

Image of Foth Derby

Lens:
f2.5, 50 mm Foth Anastigmat. Serial no. 38910 .

Shutter:
Focal-plane, speeds 1/25 - 1/500, B. Delayed action. Self-capping.

Construction:
Metal body, brown leather covering with a crocodile pattern. Leather bellows.

Format:
16, 4 x 3 cm exposures on 127 roll-film.

Focusing:
Helical, scale to 0.75 metre.

Attributes:
Direct-vision view-finder.
Film advance indicated by two 'red' windows, two pairs: red for orthochromatic, green for panchromatic. Not coupled to shutter.

One of the many 16 on VP size roll-film cameras produced around this time, the Derby is unusual in having a focal-plane shutter. It was a very popular camera and sold for about ⅓ (£5.8.6) of the equivalent Leica. Several models were produced with further minor variations.

  • The original Derby, introduced in 1930 or 1931, took 36 x 24 mm exposures on 127 roll-film. The finder was either a large folding type, or enclosed tubular form.
  • The second model (1931) took 4 x 3 cm exposures on 127 roll-film. Both types of finder were fitted.
  • Around 1934 delayed action was added and the fastest lens available was f2.5 rather than f3.5. Following the delayed-action change, an extra pair of film advance windows were added, the original red windows were suitable for orthochromatic film the newly added green windows were for panchromatic.
  • Around 1937 existing models were designated Model 1 (in some advertising) and a new version - Model 2 - was introduced having interchangeable lenses.
  • Around 1939 a rangefinder version was introduced by Foth in Paris. A rangefinder option was also available from the American distributors.

References & Notes:
BJA 1932, p. 619. BJA 1935, p. 320. BJA 1938, pp. 287, 533. Minit&Cine, 1939, p. 134.

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