Tropica - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Tropica

Ica

Dresden

Germany

Image of Tropica

Lens:
f4.5, 16.5 cm Zeiss Tessar, iris diaphragm to f36. Bayonet mount lens. Serial no. 478504 (1922).

Shutter:
Dial-set Compur, speeds 1 - 1/150, B, T. Serial no. 317899.

Construction:
Polished teak with black and nickel fittings, black painted front standard and other parts. Black leather bellows and focusing hood.

Format:
10 x 15 cm plates held in slides.

Focusing:
Bellows, scale to 2 metre. Double extension.

Attributes:
Brilliant view-finder. Spirit level. Revolving back. Quick release dark-slide. Lock to focusing knob. Drop-bed.

Movements:
Rise and cross front. Tilting back via drop-bed.

Serial Number:
G96553 (1920) .

Notes:
Retailer's plaque: Photo Leisegang, Berlin.

With:

  • Hooded focusing screen.
  • 3 double dark-slides in cardboard holders with 5, 9 x 12 cm reducing frames. Film pack adapter.
  • Proxar 1.5/VI, serial no. 69260. Distar 2.5/VI in leather case, serial no. 25778. Gelb filter by Carl Zeiss, VI fitting in leather case.
  • Lens cap. Cable release, AGC. Fitted leather case.

This was a high-quality tropical camera sturdily built of thick teak parts and nickel plated fittings. Very little leather is used, even the flap to the focusing hood is wood. Produced in three sizes, 9 x 12 cm, 10 x 15 cm and 13 x 18 cm. The tropical survived the formation of Zeiss-Ikon by a few years. Also sold in Britain as the 'Auxiliary Tropical Camera' by the Army & Navy Auxiliary Co-Operative Supply Ltd.

References & Notes:
BJA 1914, p. 1276.


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