Alpin - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Alpin

1905

Voigtländer & Sohn

Braunschweig

Germany

Image of Alpin

Lens:
f6, 12 cm Dynar, iris diaphragm to f50, continental scale. Serial no. 84815 (c. 1906).

Shutter:
B&L Automat, speeds 1 - 1/100, B, T.

Construction:
Leather covered metal body, leather bellows.

Format:
9 x 12 cm plates held in slides.

Focusing:
Bellows to 6 feet. Triple extension.

Attributes:
Eye-level view-finder (lens/post). Focusing lock.

Movements:
Rise and cross front.

Notes:
Retailer's address in case: Sands & Hunter. 37 Bedford St. London. W.C. (1905 - c. 1915).

With:
Hooded focusing screen. 6 single metal slides. Case.

The Alpin appeared in 1905 and continued into the mid 1920s. It was a top-quality camera with many refinements.

Four sizes were made:

9 x 12 cm, 10 x 15 cm, 10 x 15 cm stereo with two lenses and 10 x 15 cm stereo with three lenses (one for mono use mounted between the stereo pair).

A number of variations exist:

  • Earliest models (1905) were fitted with a B&L Automat shutter and a Dynar lens. The Collinear was probably added slightly later. Later still the Heliar was available.
  • The shutter was changed to a Koilos in 1906.
  • By 1909 the shutter was a Compound or Koilos, after a few years the Koilos was dropped.
  • Late versions have a Compur shutter.

References & Notes:
BJA 1906, p. 1370B. BJA 1907, pp. 904, 1347. BJA 1909, p. 1119. BJA 1910, p. 1068. BJA 1912, p. 1076. BJA 1913, pp. 740, 1098. BJA 1925, p. 746.

Illustrations:
MA, 1250. Ganzini Cat. 1926-27, p.53.

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