Ernemann Klapp-Camera

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Ernemann Klapp-Camera Mod.I


The Ernemann’s Klapp-Camera Mod.I was in production from 1901 to c.1911, in 3 types. This is 1907 type with focal-plane shutter up to 1/2500 sec. The 1907 type was produces in 6.5x9, 9x12, 8x10.5, 10x15, 13x18 and 12x16.5, but only the 9x12 size was sold by Stöckig as Union VII. The camera was produced with 8 type of lenses for each plate size:

  1. Ernemann Doppel-Anastigmat 1:6
  2. Ernemann Doppel-Anastigmat 1:5.4
  3. Goerz Dagor 1:6.8
  4. Zeiss Tessar 1:6.3
  5. Zeiss Tessar 1:4.5
  6. Steinheil Orthostigmat 1:6.8
  7. Voigtländer Kollinear 1:6.8
  8. Meyer Euryplan 1:6



Ernemann Klapp-Camera

Ernemann's Klapp-Cameras were made from 1901 to 1924. The cameras were strut folding plate cameras with focal plane shutter, focusable lens and collapsible Newton finder. The camera model was available in different sizes, for plate sizes 6.5×9cm, 9×12cm, 4×5in, 8×10.5cm and 10×15cm.

Miniature variants were the Miniatur-Klapp cameras for the 4.5×6cm plate format. In 1924 a rigid-body variant of the Miniatur-Klapp was launched, the Ermanox.

Ernemann Miniatur-Klapp 4.5x6




The Ernemann's Miniatur-Klapp 4.5x6 was in production from 1920 to 1925. This is a miniature version of the Klapp camera, a self-casing camera with split cover Newton finder and simplified focal plane shutter design, more like the Ermanox. In this version the shutter speed only goes up to 1/1000 sec. The lens board has horizontal shift.

Very advanced for its time, the miniature camera was small enough (4 x 7.5 x 10 cm) and light enough (0.68 kg) to compete with ordinary Vest-Pocket cameras.

The camera was produced with seven types of lenses:

  1. Ernemann Ernotar 1:4.5 75mm
  2. Ernemann Ernon 1:3.5 75mm
  3. Ernemann Ernostar 1:2.7 75mm
  4. Voigtländer Heliar 1:4.5 75mm
  5. Voigtländer Heliar 1:3.5 75mm
  6. Zeiss Tessar 1:4.5 75mm
  7. Zeiss Tessar 1:3.5 75mm

Note: There is earlier version of the Ernemann Miniature-Klapp (1913-1920) with a more complicated focal-plane shutter (5 knobs/levers on side) and top speed of 1/2500 sec.