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The Dove is a stereo box camera for 9x18 cm plates,[1] made by Ernemann in the early 1900s.[2][3] The camera is wooden-bodied, with black leather covering. It has 'Rapid-Detectiv' lenses;[2] the name suggests a Rapid Rectilinear type, but they are not identified as Ernemann's Rapid Aplanat of this type; the auctioneer's notes on an example sold at Westlicht describe the camera as having meniscus lenses.[4] with three aperture settings, and a simple shutter for 'T' and 'I' exposures. The shutter release in some examples is drilled for a cable release;[4] all examples seen have a simple catch to hold the button down for long time-exposures. The camera has both a ground-glass rear viewing screen for use on a stand, and a Watson finder for hand-held use. The plates are held in single, metal holders.


  1. The camera may also have been made for 8.5x17 cm plates at some time; Stuttgart book dealers Lindemanns previously advertised the instruction book for the camera in this size.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Catalogue Ernemann Cameras sind die Besten; Anleitung; Liste No. 91, p45. The catalogue is undated, but describes the Bob III (1904-10) as new; at Ciné-Ressources.
  3. Dove at Welt der Stereoskopie; text in German, with several excellent photographs of the camera.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Dove sold at the fourteenth Westlicht Photographica Auction on 30 November 2008.