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The Excelsior is a folding camera for 13x1cm plates, made by Wünsche from about 1900.

Three examples of the camera have been seen: these are wooden-bodied, with black leather covering and bellows. McKeown, however, describes a rather different camera: "Fine wood body, square green bellows with red corners, roller-blind shutter. With Rodenstock or other brass-barrel lens".[1] This (with a brass lens and roller shutter) sounds like an older camera. The examples seen may simply be later in the period of production. They each have a different lens and shutter:

  • Krauss-Zeiss Lent-Protar; a separable lens with one half 35cm in length and the other 22cm, in the front and rear of a Compound shutter, giving a combined lens of 13.5cm (rather wide, if it covers the format; 22cm is neatly the format diagonal).[2]
  • Farber's f/8 Rapid Aplanat (a Rapid Rectilinear type) in an unidentifiable shutter.[3]
  • Laack Dialytar 155mm f/6.8 in a dial-set Compur shutter:[4].

The camera has a 'reversible' back: that is, it can be switched between horizontal and vertical orientation by detaching it. It has a key on each side of the body; these apparently allow the struts to be lengthened/shortened, to tilt the back relative to the bed. The front standard allows rise and cross movements.


  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). p1017.
  2. Excelsior with Krauss-Zeiss Lent-Protar lens, offered for sale at the 38th Leitz Photographica Auction, in June 2021.
  3. Excelsior with Farber's Rapid Aplanat, sold at the fifteenth Westlicht Auction, in May 2009.
  4. Excelsior with Dialytar, at Collection Appareils