Voigtländer Perkeo (6x6)

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There is also an earlier magazine plate camera, the Perkeo No. 140 by Krügener.

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The 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 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.[1] 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[1] has a fixed telescopic finder, as well as the same elegant folding table-stand and braided wrist-strap as the Virtus and Prominent.

There are three models of Voigtlander Perkeo; they are Perkeo I, Perkeo II and Perkeo IIIE, all use 120 film in 6X6 format. The Perkeo IIIE is top of the range and has an uncoupled rangefinder

Folding cameras were often marketed at different price levels though being fitted with different types of lenses and shutters. The top model might be fitted with a higher grade of lens (e.g. with more elements or wider aperture) and a more advanced shutter—and of course with a high price tag.


  1. 1.0 1.1 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.