Pupille - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Pupille

1930

Dr. Nagel-Werke

Stuttgart

Germany

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Lens:
f3.5, 5 cm Leitz Elmar, iris diaphragm to f22. Serial no. 105300 .

Shutter:
Rim-set Compur, speeds 1 - 1/300, B, T. Serial no. 12330162.

Construction:
Leather covered metal body.

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

Focusing:
Helical to 0.7 metre.

Attributes:
Direct-vision (lens/lens) view-finder. Depth-of-scale.
Film advance indicated by two red windows.

Serial Number:
101585 .

With:
Yellow (mittel) filter. Case with holder for filter and release.

The Pupille was a small precision camera for roll-film. The design was probably influenced by the 35 mm cameras, such as the Leica, that were appearing around this time.

The camera front is drawn out by a lever operating the helical thread on the lens tube which locks into place, the large focusing ring then operates. When retracted the shutter release is locked to prevent exposure.

A lever on the bottom of the camera frees the top plate which is removed to load the film, the spool chambers are attached to the top plate.

A fitting on top of the camera allows a range-finder, made by Leitz, to be fitted. A reflex attachment was also available that turned the camera into a twin-lens reflex.

Lenses available included: f3.5 Elmar, f2 Xenon, f3.5 Tessar, f2.8 Tessar, f2.9 Xenar and f3.5 Xenar. The price with an Elmar was 15.15.0. In Britain the camera was sold as the Rolloroy by R. F. Hunter.

The Ranca was a simpler model with pull-out lens tube and front-cell focusing.

From 1932 Nagel became part of Eastman Kodak who continued to sell the Pupille for a short while. Kodak catalogues list a brilliant finder as being available as well as close-up lenses and filters. Different styles of case exist. An example finished in gold was sold at auction.

References & Notes:
BJA 1931, pp. 267, 619. BJA 1932, p. 592. BJA 1933, p. 568. Kodak Cat 1936, p. 30.

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