Box Tengor - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Box Tengor

Model of 1929

Zeiss-Ikon A. G.

Dresden

Germany

Image of Box Tengor

Lens:
f11, Frontar lens. Three stops on strip.

Shutter:
Sector, T & I settings.

Construction:
Metal body, leatherette covered.

Format:
8, 6 x 9 cm exposures on BII (120) roll-film.

Focusing:
Two supplementary lenses on strip marked G and P (Group and Portrait).

Attributes:
Two reflecting view-finders. Film advance indicated red window. Tripod sockets.

Box Tengor

Model of 1932

Zeiss-Ikon A. G.

Dresden

Germany

Image of Box Tengor

Lens:
f11, Frontar lens. Sector stops of f11, f16, f22.

Shutter:
Sector, T & I settings.

Construction:
Metal body, leatherette covered.

Format:
8, 6 x 9 cm exposures on BII (120) roll-film.

Focusing:
Supplementary lenses on sector: 20 - 6m, 6 - 3m.

Attributes:
Two brilliant view-finders. Film advance indicated red window. Tripod socket. Shutter locking lever.

Box Tengor II

1938

Image of Box Tengor II

Lens:
f11, Frontar lens. Sector stops of f11, f16, f22.

Shutter:
Sector, T & I settings.

Construction:
Metal body, leatherette covered.

Format:
8, 6 x 9 cm exposures on BII (120) roll-film.

Focusing:
Supplementary lenses on sector: 8 - 2m, 2 - 1m.

Attributes:
Two brilliant view-finders. Film advance indicated red window, coupled to shutter. Cable release socket. Tripod sockets. Shutter locking button.

The two original Tengors - 54/2 and 54/15 - were produced by Goerz before the merger into Zeiss. They had an all leatherette finish, two vertically arranged finders and the film advance knob at the bottom of the side panel. Following the Zeiss merger the new company's logo was added to the camera front. In 1929 the camera was re-styled, two close-up lenses were added, the finder windows were arranged horizontally across the top of the camera and the film advance knob moved to the top of the side panel.

In 1932 the front of the camera gained a bevelled edge and a hexagonal surround to the lens. The controls for aperture and focusing were moved to the front panel. The model 54 had a single close-up lens. The 55/2 had a linkage between the shutter and film advance.

Box Tengor Models

No.Image SizeFilmDate
546 x 4.5 cm16 on 1201932 - 1939
54/26 x 9 cm8 on 1201924 - 1939
54/142" x 3"1927 - c. 1934
54/156.5 x 11 cm8 on 116 1924 - c. 1938
55/26 x 9 cm8 on 120 1938 - 1939

References & Notes:
BP 220615/1923. BJA 1925, p. 708. BJA 1928, pp. 310, 675. BJA 1930, p. 655. BJA 1933, p. 541. BJA 1939, p.552.

Erabox

1938

Zeiss-Ikon A. G.

Dresden

Germany

Image of Erabox

Lens:
f11 Frontar.

Shutter:
Sector, T & I settings.

Construction:
Metal, leatherette covered.

Format:
16, 6 x 4.5 cm exposures on 120 roll-film.

Attributes:
Two brilliant view-finders. Film advance indicated by red window.

According to Tubbs the Baldur camera (c. 1934) was renamed Erabox in 1938.

References & Notes:
Tubbs, ZI Cameras, p. 119.

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