Metharette

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The Metharette is a strut-folding camera made by the German company Camera-Werk Merkel Tharandt from about 1931.[1] It makes 3x4cm images on 127 type rollfilm. Some examples have a folding reverse-Galilean viewfinder instead of the frame finder of the example pictured here.

McKeown notes that the camera was sold under different names.[1] He shows several examples:

  • Megor (rebadged for Meyer and fitted with a Meyer lens)
  • Hertie
  • Venus: rebadged for Salmoiraghi, with the leatherette impressed 'Salmoiraghi', and fitted with that firm's lens; the lens is certainly an Anastigmat Venus, but the correct name for the rebadged camera is not clear. It has been misnamed 'Nova' by some collectors,[2] Dario Mondonico shows another camera as the Nova, and shows a Metharette impressed 'Samoiraghi' naming it the Venus, though his site previously named this camera the 'Gioia' (joy).[3])

An example was seen at Ebay, badged 'Primula', modified with a Laack Dialytar and Compur shutter with helical focusing ring.[4]


Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 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). p665.
  2. Filotecnica Salmoiraghi (archived) at Storia della Fotografia.
  3. Salmoiraghi at Dario Mondonico's Mistermondo site.
  4. 'Primula' offered for sale at Ebay (item 111594755563). The seller 'cupog' in Slovakia suggests that the camera may have been modified by a Czech camera maker, perhaps Birnbaum (though the name is hardly similar to others used by Birnbaum).