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Cool kit in the 1920s

By HobbitDave
This is a Zeiss Tropical camera made from hardwoods and Morrocan leather.
It was your 'in' type of camera if you travelled to hot countries - which was expensive in those days - and didn't want your standard wooden camera body to warp or split.
This one is made from oak, and has a double extension bed. The lens is a sharp Zeiss 135mm (13.5cm in those days) f4.5. It's full name was a Contessa Nettel Tropen Adoro, and it took 6.5x9 plates. Made in 1926. Inside the open back in v.1 is a frosted glass screen to focus the image onto.
A neat piece of kit which folds up into a small portable box, as shown in v.2
It's one I've been restoring before it wings its way overseas.

Tags: Specialist and abstract Zeiss Oak Tropical Morrocan

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Comments


25 Jun 2017 8:07PM
It's amazing Dave. Super shots. Cathy
JuBarney Plus
10 34 5 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2017 8:17PM
Terrific shots of this wonderful old camera that looks in brilliant condition,
Ju
HelenMarie 5 62 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2017 8:22PM
Lovely shot; I too have a similar one Smile

Helen
25 Jun 2017 8:41PM
Excellent set
Mollycat Plus
8 21 2 United Kingdom
25 Jun 2017 8:53PM
Don't make them like that any more Dave. A real beauty.
Peter.
xwang 12 56 8
25 Jun 2017 8:55PM
Another beauty, Dave. Nice to see it...Have you tried to take any photos with it?
25 Jun 2017 9:07PM

Quote:Another beauty, Dave. Nice to see it...Have you tried to take any photos with it?
Have a few from its previous owner, which are very sharp, Jas. Not had time to take any yet myself, but intend to.
Dave.
25 Jun 2017 9:59PM
An amazing camera, Dave - excellent images.

RichardSmile
25 Jun 2017 10:02PM
What a beauty Dave..Lin
dales Plus
5 13 Australia
25 Jun 2017 10:48PM
Beautiful camera , a very impressive piece to restore , wonderful set Dave
Ian
taggart Plus
17 47 14 United States
25 Jun 2017 11:34PM
Exciting to see this!
ddolfelin Plus
10 103 3 Wales
26 Jun 2017 5:06AM
Interesting and very good shots.
26 Jun 2017 6:58AM
Now that's proper photography Dave Smile

JohnSmile
Nikonuser1 Plus
9 168 16 United Kingdom
26 Jun 2017 9:22AM
What a great camera Dave, a great set of imagesGrinGrinGrin

Cliff
Irishkate Plus
11 45 121 United Kingdom
26 Jun 2017 9:41AM
Cool indeed - make sus digital photographers look like amateurs.
Kate Grin
Bantu 8 7 1 India
27 Jun 2017 7:48AM
I had also one but lost somewhere,a great capture Dave.

Vikram
TrevBatWCC Plus
13 13 19 England
27 Jun 2017 2:54PM
A classy looking compact here, Dave, don't make 'em like this anymore Smile And very nicely presented too Smile
Trev Smile
Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
28 Jun 2017 12:57AM
Top quality by the looks of it Dave!
Good subject, Isabel GrinGrin

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