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''There is also an earlier magazine plate camera, the '''[[Perkeo No. 140]]''' by [[Dr. Krügener|Krügener]].''
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''There is an earlier [[Voigtländer Perkeo (3x4)|3x4 cm folding viewfinder Perkeo]], also by Voigtländer, and a late 19th century magazine plate camera, the [[Perkeo No. 140]] by [[Dr. Krügener|Krügener]].''
  
'''Perkeo''' is the name of several folding cameras made by [[Voigtländer]].
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The '''Perkeo''' cameras are a series of folding cameras made by [[Voigtländer]] in the 1950s for 6&times;6 cm (2¼-inch square) exposures on 120 or 620 film. They are vertical folders (that is, the front door opens sideways in relation to the body, not downward). Their design owes something to the [[Bessa 66]]. The cameras all have a small telescopic viewfinder<ref>Compare to the larger viewfinder on a [https://wlpa.auction2000.se/auk/w.Object?inC=WLPA&inA=20&inO=386 ''prototype'' Perkeo I] sold in the [https://wlpa.auction2000.se/auk/w.ObjectList?inSiteLang=&inC=WLPA&inA=20 twentieth Westlicht Photographica Auction], on 1 November 2011.</ref> built into the plated metal top housing, and a [[cold shoe]].
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==Perkeo 3&times;4==
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==Perkeo I==
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The original '''Perkeo''' is a vertical folding camera for 3x4 cm pictures on 127 roll film, made by [[Voigtländer]] in 1932. It is self-erecting. As often with folding cameras, it was available with a range of lenses (all 5.5 cm; slightly longer than standard) and shutters:
 
 
 
* f/4.5 Skopar in Embezet shutter
 
* f/3.5 Skopar in Compur shutter
 
* f/3.5 Heliar in Compur shutter
 
 
 
 
 
The camera has the same body-mounted focusing knob as the larger-format 1930s folding [[Prominent (6&times;9)|Prominent]] and [[Virtus]], moving the whole lens and shutter unit on focusing rails. It is even apparently possible to set the focus before unfolding the camera.<ref name=McK>{{McKeown12}} p958.</ref> The camera has the same chunky knurled control knobs as those other Voigtländer folders. The original model has a folding frame finder on the body. An updated model, from 1933<ref name=McK></ref> has a fixed telescopic finder, as well as the same elegant folding table-stand and  braided wrist-strap as the Virtus and Prominent.
 
 
 
 
 
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==Perkeo 2¼ inch square models==
 
Three folding cameras were made in the 1950s with the name '''Perkeo''', for 2¼-inch square (6&times;6 cm) exposures on 120 or 620 film. They are vertical folders (that is, the front door opens sideways in relation to the body, not downward). The cameras all have a small telescopic viewfinder built into the plated metal top housing,<ref>Compare to the viewfinder on a [http://www.westlicht-auction.com/index.php?f=popup&id=236407&_ssl=off#236407 ''prototype'' Perkeo I] sold in the [http://www.westlicht-auction.com/index.php?id=232065&acat=232065&lang=3 November 2011 Westlicht Photographica Auction] in Vienna.</ref> and a [[cold shoe]].
 
 
 
 
 
===Perkeo I===
 
 
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The '''Perkeo I''', made from 1950,<ref name=McK></ref> was sold with a variety of lens options; a Vaskar f/4.5 75mm, Vaskar f/4.5 80mm or a Color-Skopar f/3.5 80mm lens. Several shutters were also available, from a [[Vario]], a [[Pronto]], a Prontor S, a Prontor SV, a Prontor SVS or Synchro Compur. Models produced from 1951 - 1952 did not have a double exposure feature.
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The '''Perkeo I''', made from 1950,<ref name=McK>{{mcKeown12}} p958.</ref> was sold with a variety of lens options; a Vaskar 75 or 80 mm f/4.5 or a Color-Skopar 80 mm f/3.5. Several shutters were also available, from a [[Vario]], a [[Pronto]], a [[Prontor|Prontor S, Prontor SV or Prontor SVS]], or a [[Synchro-Compur]]. Models produced from 1951 - 1952 do not have a double exposure prevention interlock.
  
====Voigtländer Perkeo I specifications====
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===Voigtländer Perkeo I specifications===
  
* Manufacturer: Voitländer
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* Manufacturer: Voigtländer
 
* Country: Germany
 
* Country: Germany
 
* Years Produced: 1952 - 1955
 
* Years Produced: 1952 - 1955
 
* Body Type: Folding
 
* Body Type: Folding
 
* Film Type: 120 or 620
 
* Film Type: 120 or 620
* Lens Type: Vaskar f/4.5 75 or 80mm, or Color-Skopar f/3.5 80mm
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* Lens Type: Vaskar 75 or 80 mm f/4.5 , or Color-Skopar 80 mm f/3.5  
* Shutter Type: Vario, Pronto, Prontor S, Prontor SV, Prontor SVS or Synchro Compur
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* Shutter Type: Vario, Pronto, Prontor S, Prontor SV, Prontor SVS or Synchro-Compur
 
* Flash Type: Accessory Shoe
 
* Flash Type: Accessory Shoe
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* Weight : 525 grams
 
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===Perkeo II===
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==Perkeo II==
 
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The '''Perkeo II''', also from 1952, <ref name=McK></ref> was only a slight upgrade. It has automatic frame-counting (''in addition'' to the red window) and double-exposure prevention. The only lens offered was the Color-Skopar f/3.5 80mm with either a Prontor S, Prontor SVS or Compur-Rapid.
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The '''Perkeo II''', also from 1952,<ref name=McK/> was only a slight upgrade. It has automatic frame-counting (''in addition'' to the red window) and double-exposure prevention. The double exposure prevention mechanism keeps a tight frame spacing. Together with the mechanical frame-counter, this may allow 13 exposures on a 120 film rather than 12.  
  
====Voigtländer Perkeo II specifications====
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===Voigtländer Perkeo II specifications===
  
* Manufacturer: [[Voigtländer]]
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* Manufacturer: Voigtländer
 
* Country: Germany
 
* Country: Germany
 
* Years Produced: 1952 - 1955
 
* Years Produced: 1952 - 1955
 
* Body Type: Folding
 
* Body Type: Folding
 
* Film Type: 120 or 620
 
* Film Type: 120 or 620
* Lens Type: Color-Skopar f/3.5 80mm
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* Lens Type: Color-Skopar 80mm f/3.5
* Shutter Type alternatives: Prontor S, Prontor SVS, Compur-Rapid, Synchro-Compur
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* Shutter Type: Prontor S, Prontor-SV, Prontor SVS, [[Compur-Rapid]] or Synchro-Compur
 
* Flash Type: Accessory (cold) Shoe
 
* Flash Type: Accessory (cold) Shoe
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* Weight : 520 Grams
 
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===Perkeo E or IIIe or III===
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==Perkeo E or IIIe or III==
  
 
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The ''Perkeo E'' or ''III'' or ''IIIe'' was made in 1955. It is similar to the previous models of the Perkeo line, but has an uncoupled rangefinder built into the top housing, and the Voigtländer name on the front, not on the top and no frame counter. The reason behind the various names is unknown at this point, but in 1956 Schering AG sold the Voigtländer name to Carl Ziess AG. One could conclude that in 1956 Carl Ziess renamed the "E" model to the III or IIIE, or maybe the "E" model never got to the market before Carl Ziess renamed it. More research is needed before an official evidence backed claim can be made.
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The '''Perkeo E''' or '''III''' or '''IIIe''' was made in 1955. (In the instruction book for the camera pictured below it is called "Voigtländer PERKEO with Rangefinder"). It is similar to the previous models of the Perkeo line, but has an uncoupled rangefinder built into the top housing, and the Voigtländer name on the front, not on the top and no frame counter. The reason behind the various names is unknown at this point, but in 1956 Schering AG sold the Voigtländer name to Carl Zeiss AG. One could conclude that in 1956 Carl Zeiss renamed the "E" model to the III or IIIE, or maybe the "E" model never got to the market before Carl Zeiss renamed it.
  
====Voigtländer Perkeo E, III or IIIe specifications====
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===Voigtländer Perkeo E, III or IIIe specifications===
  
* Manufacturer: [[Voigtländer]]
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* Manufacturer: Voigtländer
 
* Country: Germany
 
* Country: Germany
 
* Years Produced: 1955 - 1957
 
* Years Produced: 1955 - 1957
 
* Body Type: Folding
 
* Body Type: Folding
 
* Film Type: 120 or 620
 
* Film Type: 120 or 620
* Lens Type: Vaskar f/4.5 80mm or Color-Skopar f/3.5 80mm
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* Lens Type: Vaskar 80 mm f/4.5 or Color-Skopar 80 mm f/3.5
* Shutter Type: Pronto, Prontor S , Prontor SV
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* Shutter Type: Pronto, Prontor S, Prontor SV or Prontor SVS
 
* Flash Type: Accessory Shoe
 
* Flash Type: Accessory Shoe
  
McKeown shows a prototype for a new model of the Perkeo E from 1955, which is a horizontal folder, and has an improved focusing mechanism and an uncoupled selenium meter. In a Voigtländer catalog from 1954-1955 there is a Perkeo Model advertised with a coupled rangefinder, however the text in the catalog does not specify what model this coupled rangefinder version is. The lens and shutter options on this coupled rangefinder model from the catalog are as follows: Color-Skopar f/3.5 80mm with Pronto SVS 300 with Sync.  
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''McKeown'' shows a prototype for a new model of the Perkeo E from 1955, which is a horizontal folder, and has an improved focusing mechanism and an uncoupled selenium meter. In a Voigtländer catalog from 1954-1955 there is a Perkeo Model advertised with a coupled rangefinder, however the text in the catalog does not specify what model this coupled rangefinder version is. The lens and shutter options on this coupled rangefinder model from the catalog are as follows: Color-Skopar 80 mm f/3.5 with a flash-synchronised Prontor SVS 300.
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==Notes==
 
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==Links==
 
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* [http://www.ukcamera.com/classic_cameras/voigt16.htm Perkeo] at ukcamera.com [http://www.ukcamera.com]
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* [https://www.cameramanuals.org/voigtlander_pdf/voigtlander_perkeo_i.pdf Perkeo I manual], [https://www.cameramanuals.org/voigtlander_pdf/voigtlander_perkeo_ii.pdf Perkeo II manual] and [https://cameramanuals.org/voigtlander_pdf/voigtlander_perkeo-w-rangefinder.pdf Perkeo E manual] at [https://www.butkus.org/chinon/ Butkus.org]
* [http://www.certo6.com/cameras/voigtlaender-perkeo] at Vintage folding cameras [http://www.certo6.com/]
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* [https://web.archive.org/web/20180602230314/http://www.ukcamera.com/classic_cameras/voigt16.htm Perkeo] (6x6 and 3x4 cm cameras) at Tigin's [https://web.archive.org/web/20180522095524/http://www.ukcamera.com/classic_cameras/class.html Classic Cameras] (archived at archive.org in 2018)
* Flickr set of [http://www.flickr.com/photos/tony_kemplen/sets/72157626318211915/ Photos taken with a Perkeo 3&times;4] in [http://www.flickr.com/photos/tony_kemplen/ Tony Kemplen's photostream]
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* [https://certo6.com/camera-archive/voigtlander-perkeo-i-ii-iiie/ Perkeo I, II and IIIe] at [http://www.certo6.com/ Certo 6]
* [http://arukucamera.net/PerkeoII.html Photos taken with a Perkeo II] at [http://arukucamera.net/index.html Aruku Camera]
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* [http://www.hmw-foto.at/kamera/perkeo.shtm Perkeo] at [http://www.hmw-foto.at/index.shtm HMW-Photo] (in German)
* [http://www.hmw-foto.at/kamera/perkeo.shtm] HMW-Photo
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* [http://hans.lissberger.at/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=167&Itemid=159 Perkeo Familie] at [http://hans.lissberger.at/ Meine Voigtländer-Sammlung] by Hans Lißberger (in German)
  
[[Category:German viewfinder folding]]
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[[Category:German 6x6 viewfinder folding]]
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[[Category: German 6x6 rangefinder folding]]
 
[[Category:Voigtländer|Perkeo]]
 
[[Category:Voigtländer|Perkeo]]
[[Category:Image by Dirk HR Spennemann]]
 
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Latest revision as of 06:41, 6 September 2020


There is an earlier 3x4 cm folding viewfinder Perkeo, also by Voigtländer, and a late 19th century magazine plate camera, the Perkeo No. 140 by Krügener.

The Perkeo cameras are a series of folding cameras made by Voigtländer in the 1950s for 6×6 cm (2¼-inch square) exposures on 120 or 620 film. They are vertical folders (that is, the front door opens sideways in relation to the body, not downward). Their design owes something to the Bessa 66. The cameras all have a small telescopic viewfinder[1] built into the plated metal top housing, and a cold shoe.

Perkeo I

The Perkeo I, made from 1950,[2] was sold with a variety of lens options; a Vaskar 75 or 80 mm f/4.5 or a Color-Skopar 80 mm f/3.5. Several shutters were also available, from a Vario, a Pronto, a Prontor S, Prontor SV or Prontor SVS, or a Synchro-Compur. Models produced from 1951 - 1952 do not have a double exposure prevention interlock.

Voigtländer Perkeo I specifications

  • Manufacturer: Voigtländer
  • Country: Germany
  • Years Produced: 1952 - 1955
  • Body Type: Folding
  • Film Type: 120 or 620
  • Lens Type: Vaskar 75 or 80 mm f/4.5 , or Color-Skopar 80 mm f/3.5
  • Shutter Type: Vario, Pronto, Prontor S, Prontor SV, Prontor SVS or Synchro-Compur
  • Flash Type: Accessory Shoe
  • Weight : 525 grams


Perkeo II

The Perkeo II, also from 1952,[2] was only a slight upgrade. It has automatic frame-counting (in addition to the red window) and double-exposure prevention. The double exposure prevention mechanism keeps a tight frame spacing. Together with the mechanical frame-counter, this may allow 13 exposures on a 120 film rather than 12.

Voigtländer Perkeo II specifications

  • Manufacturer: Voigtländer
  • Country: Germany
  • Years Produced: 1952 - 1955
  • Body Type: Folding
  • Film Type: 120 or 620
  • Lens Type: Color-Skopar 80mm f/3.5
  • Shutter Type: Prontor S, Prontor-SV, Prontor SVS, Compur-Rapid or Synchro-Compur
  • Flash Type: Accessory (cold) Shoe
  • Weight : 520 Grams


Perkeo E or IIIe or III

The Perkeo E or III or IIIe was made in 1955. (In the instruction book for the camera pictured below it is called "Voigtländer PERKEO with Rangefinder"). It is similar to the previous models of the Perkeo line, but has an uncoupled rangefinder built into the top housing, and the Voigtländer name on the front, not on the top and no frame counter. The reason behind the various names is unknown at this point, but in 1956 Schering AG sold the Voigtländer name to Carl Zeiss AG. One could conclude that in 1956 Carl Zeiss renamed the "E" model to the III or IIIE, or maybe the "E" model never got to the market before Carl Zeiss renamed it.

Voigtländer Perkeo E, III or IIIe specifications

  • Manufacturer: Voigtländer
  • Country: Germany
  • Years Produced: 1955 - 1957
  • Body Type: Folding
  • Film Type: 120 or 620
  • Lens Type: Vaskar 80 mm f/4.5 or Color-Skopar 80 mm f/3.5
  • Shutter Type: Pronto, Prontor S, Prontor SV or Prontor SVS
  • Flash Type: Accessory Shoe



McKeown shows a prototype for a new model of the Perkeo E from 1955, which is a horizontal folder, and has an improved focusing mechanism and an uncoupled selenium meter. In a Voigtländer catalog from 1954-1955 there is a Perkeo Model advertised with a coupled rangefinder, however the text in the catalog does not specify what model this coupled rangefinder version is. The lens and shutter options on this coupled rangefinder model from the catalog are as follows: Color-Skopar 80 mm f/3.5 with a flash-synchronised Prontor SVS 300.


Notes

  1. Compare to the larger viewfinder on a prototype Perkeo I sold in the twentieth Westlicht Photographica Auction, on 1 November 2011.
  2. 2.0 2.1 McKeown, James M. and Joan C. McKeown's Price Guide to Antique and Classic Cameras, 12th Edition, 2005-2006. USA, Centennial Photo Service, 2004. ISBN 0-931838-40-1 (hardcover). ISBN 0-931838-41-X (softcover). p958.

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