Gewirette

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The Gewirette is a small viewfinder-type camera made by Wirgin in Wiesbaden, Germany. This collapsible camera (the lens collapses into the body to make it more compact) takes 127 film using a 5 cm lens. One specimen seen has a Gewironar f/4.5 lens, marked "Wirgin Wiesbaden". It has a 3-speed Vario shutter (1/25, 1/50, 1/100 plus T & B). The camera is interesting in that the entire top of the camera comes off to load and unload film; there's a winding knob (marked "F") on the left, and a latch knob on the right, marked "Z" (for "zu", closed) which you turn to unlatch the top and allow it to be lifted off of the body.

The back has two red windows, covered by little spring-loaded hinged metal covers. The two windows are used together to locate the next frame to expose, by first lining up the exposure number in the right-hand window, then by lining the same exposure number up in the left-hand window (the film winds from right to left). This gives 16 exposures on a roll of film.


The lens is a triplet, with the front element on a helix to focus (down to 3 feet).

The camera has "GERMANY" stamped in the vulcanite on the back, and the focus scale is marked in feet, so was presumably made for export. It also has the standard American thread for the tripod mount (1/4") as opposed to the European standard 3/8".

The camera's name Gewirette (Ge-wir-ette) is derived from the company name Gebr. Wirgin (Gebrüder Wirgin = Wirgin Brothers).

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