Re: help identifying camera/film
While others deserve recognition as well, Jurgen is probably one of the greatest authorities about vintage folder cameras one can find. I have purchased perhaps 9-11 cameras from him over the last several years. While (unfortunately) Loris had a bad experience with her Moskva 5 folder, Jurgen is generally considered exceptional for his quality of sales and repairs, and without question sets the standard for such service world-wide. As far as your camera goes, Jurgen would certainly be a wonderful source for you to inquire, but keep in mind that Jurgen is in high demand and traveling a far amount this summer, so he may not be able to return your e-mail without a little delay. In my judgement, this guy deserves a photographic award for single-handedly restoring much of the public awareness to the vintage folder, and its potential use today as a serious artist and documentary photographic tool. Couple of these cameras, I use nearly daily as a constant companion for image making.
I can't make out all the detail in your camera images to make a (novice) judgement, but I would guess that this camera may be a Voigtlander Bessa 3x6 camera, but I may be likely mistaken. Most of the similar designs of a 6x9 folder would be a Zeiss Ikon Ikonta 521 or perhaps a Zeiss Ikon Icarette. The Agfa Billy Record is generally seen in a chrome trim, so I would doubt that it is an Agfa folder. I am sure that others have far more knowledge about identifying your camera, but I hope what I share may validate the direction you seem to be already heading. Best of luck!
On Aug 19, 2008, at 11:44 AM, Philippe Berger wrote:
My new camera (Belgium)