Bergheil De-luxe - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Bergheil De-luxe

1930

Voigtländer & Sohn

Braunschweig

Germany

Image of Bergheil De-luxe

Lens:
f4.5, 10.5 cm Heliar, iris diaphragm to f22. Bayonet mounted lens/shutter. Serial no. 787845 .

Shutter:
Rim-set Compur, speeds 1 - 1/250, B, T. Delayed action. Serial no. 2478021.

Construction:
Green Russia leather covering, metal body, green leather bellows. The body covering has a diced pattern.

Format:
6.5 x 9 cm plates held in single metal slides.

Focusing:
Bellows, to 17", scale to 3 feet, rack and pinion movement. Infinity catch. Double extension.

Attributes:
Brilliant view-finder, frame view-finder with parallax adjustment. Two spirit levels. Depth of focus table.

Movements:
Rise and cross front.

Serial Number:
D953931 .

With:

  • Hooded focusing screen. 3 single metal slides in green leather pouch (1, 3, 5).
  • Two film pack adapters with diced green finish.
  • Voigtländer 'normal' filter (yellow), push fit in pouch. Cable release by AGC. Carrying case.

The Bergheil appeared around 1912 and continued in production until World War II. During the inter-war years it was Voigtländer's top 'Hand and Stand' camera. Also sold as the Tourist.

The De-luxe model is covered in green Russia leather and has matching bellows, it was available in 6.5 x 9 cm and 9 x 12 cm sizes. The camera is well-made and finished. The knobs for rise and cross front are both mounted on the same axis and contain a spirit level.

Early Bergheils differ from late models:

  • c. 1912 - Optical view-finder on side of camera, spirit level on brilliant finder.
  • mid 1920s - Wire frame finder replaced side mounted optical finder, larger knobs for cross front, brilliant finder is in the centre of the front standard, spirit levels in rise and cross front knobs, 'S' shaped side struts.
  • c. 1928 - Rise and cross front knobs on single axis, brilliant finder moved to right of front standard, spirit level on cross front and focus knobs.
Sizes available were: 4.5 x 6 cm until late 1920s, 6.5 x 9 cm, 9 x 12 cm and 10 x 15 cm. Tele-Dynar telephoto lenses were available.

References & Notes:
BJA 1913, p. 1116. BJA 1927, p. 675. BJA 1928, p. 641. BJA 1930, p. 620. BJA 1931, p. 589.

Illustrations:
Prague Cat. 168 - 172. MA, 244.

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