Lorenz Nacht Kamera
|Clarissa Luxus Nacht-Kamera + Plasmat 9cm f2 (1929)|
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The Nacht Kamera is a straightforward copy of Ernemann's Ermanox, made by Ernst Lorenz of Berlin in about 1926; a hand-held camera with a large-aperture lens of portrait length, and a focal plane shutter, designed to allow photography in poor light; both cameras' names refer to night-time.
The rear part of the camera is a rectangular, wooden box, housing the focal-plane shutter. On the front, the lens, a Meyer 9 cm Plasmat (the engravings acknowledge Paul Rudolph's ownership of the patent for the lens) is mounted on a lens-tube of length roughly equal to the body's depth. It has helical focusing. There is a plate on top of the lens-tube, giving the shutter settings to achieve each speed.
As with most hand-held plate cameras, it is quite possible to use the camera with a ground-glass screen, but it is designed for more rapid use, with a folding Newton viewfinder on the top.
Very few examples have been seen. One, with black leather covering and a 9 cm f/2 Plasmat, was sold at Westlicht. Another, with a 9 cm f/1.5 Plasmat, tropical leather covering and unpainted brass fittings, has been seen.