Moment-Magazin-Camera Tenax

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The Moment-Magazin-Camera Tenax is a magazine camera for 9x12 cm plates, made by Goerz of Berlin in about 1892.[1] It is made from mahogany wood. The plate magazine is at the side of the camera, not at the back as is common with detective cameras, making the camera a rather bulky shape. It has an unidentified lens and a guillotine shutter. There are Watson finders and tripod bushes for vertical and horizontal orientation. The auctioneer's notes at Westlicht state that the patent for the camera was held by a Danish designer, Möller.[1][2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Moment-Magazin-Camera Tenax sold at the sixth Westlicht Photographica Auction, on 6 November 2004.
  2. Swiss Patent 11648, Photographischer Apparat, filed 1895 and granted to B. Möller in 1896 (i.e. a few years after this camera) describes another detective camera, this time with the plates stored behind the camera, but end-on to the lens, the patent protecting the plate-changing mechanism. At Espacenet, the patent search facility of the European Patent Office