Steineck ABC - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Steineck ABC

1949

Steineck Kamerawerk

Tutzing

West Germany

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Lens:
f2.5, 12.5 mm Steinheil, two aperture settings.

Shutter:
Single speed, self-capping.

Construction:
Metal body, brown leather strap.

Format:
8, 6 mm diameter exposures on a 25 mm diameter disc of film.

Focusing:
Fixed.

Attributes:
Curved mirror view-finder with pointer. Exposure counter.

With:
Film in canister. Original red box.

The film is loaded into the removable back of the 'watch' and made light-tight by a rotating plate. Attaching the back to the camera rotates this plate and moves a circular aperture to lie behind the lens. When the release trigger is pressed a second plate in the camera rotates until an aperture is behind the lens, the shutter then operates. After exposure the plate returns, as it does, a spring loaded claw on the plate engages the film holder in the back and advances the film.

Various coloured watch straps exist, some models were sold in presentation boxes.

The camera was designed by Rudolph Steineck who later designed the Tessina.

Illustrations:
Auer, History, p. 99.

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