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    Hallo,

    this is my first posting. I hope, that my English is acceptable.

    Some years ago I found this camera on a flea market in Dortmund.

    I think it is a very old air camera. Older than WW I. It seems completely handmade. The still working Rouleau-shutter has only one time. It┤s roll-film size is 1,75 x 3 in. It came with a not so old lens, but both fits not together. So the lens is only like a dust cover.

    Is there anybudy who knows these equipment?

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    Re: Who knows this equipment?

    I don't know about the camera, but I have one of those lenses.
    They were used for air recon, WW2, or later, likely made by Dallmeyer, for the Air Ministry.
    I use mine on an 8x10 camera.
    To find more info on the lens, try a forum search for Air Ministry Dallmeyer under lenses.
    Real cameras are measured in inches...
    Not pixels.

    www.photocollective.org

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    Re: Who knows this equipment?

    I've seen no camera remotely like that in UK publications like British Journal (Photographic) Almanacs, and I have a number of pre-WWII copies now.

    You'd need to scour through German publications as that's where the camera was most likely manufactured.

    Ian

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    Positively no aerial camera, as it is a SLR - with a waist level finder, these were useless for that purpose.

    It looks very cobbled-up, with blocks that look like culled from different cameras, and a suitcase lock for the rear. It may have a long history of modifications and repairs, and could by now contain parts of several cameras from different makers. Or it might be home or small workshop built - in the twenties and thirties, many amateurs and camera shop owners tried their hand in the ongoing invention of the modern SLR.

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    Re: Who knows this equipment?

    Looks like a 6x7 slr? There were cameras made like that. I'm sure I've seen a few online somewhere.

    Have you searched http://www.collection-appareils.fr for similar items?

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    Re: Who knows this equipment?

    As David noted, the lens is most likely a Dallmeyer Serrac. They made a lot of them for aerial work for the military in WW II and don't have the Dallmeyer name on them. I have the 14" Serrac that looks just about identical to yours. Strange that the camera came with this lens because the lens is made for much larger film size than the roll film size for this camera. Does the lens actually mount to and fit this camera or was it just in the same box with it?

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    Re: Who knows this equipment?

    Thank you for your tip. I┤ll look about in the forum.

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    Re: Who knows this equipment?

    I also have many German publications from the early time of photography. I found nothing. But I think it is an English one. See the pictures with the spoors of the repair.

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    Re: Who knows this equipment?

    It┤s probably correct what you wrote. But I think it is a very old one, older than 1900. Perhaps it is a ballon camera. For a design of the twenties or the thirties it is definitely to simpel. A used camera was in this period much more sheaper and extremly better. I give some more pictures. See also the picture in my answer before. There you can see the older fin in the leather where the original belt was connected first. It shows that the lens points to the ground originally.

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    Re: Who knows this equipment?

    Thank you! I┤ll looking there.

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