Orionwerk

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History

The company 'Orionwerk' Hannover (Gemany) was founded in 1893 as Glunz & Bülter. In 1903 it changed its name to Bülter & Stammer, probably because the company founder Bülter changed his partner. Later cameras of a maker Glunz from Hannover are known. In 1921 Bülter & Stammer became Orionwerke, and finally the Orionwerk A.G. stock market company.[1] It produced a range of cameras until about 1933 when the company went into liquidation.[2]

Models

Early Models

  • Bülter & Stammer 13x18 Zweiverschluss-Kamera (two-shutter camera)
  • Orion Box
  • Orion Daphne
  • Orion Dorrit
  • Orion Tropen
  • Orion-Klapp-Reflex
  • Photo-Recorder 1578

Rio series

The cameras models of the Rio series seem consecutively numbered and supplied with a suffix (A–E) that appears to correspond with the size of the negative.

2C — a 9 x 12 vertical plate camera

  • 2C Tropen; version for the tropics with exposed teak, brass and brown bellows[3]

Rio 3C — a 9 x 12 vertical plate camera

  • 3C Tropen; version for the tropics with exposed teak, brass and brown bellows
    • with Meyer Görlitz Helioplan f/4.5 13.5cm in [[Compur] shutter][4]

Rio 5C — a 9 x 12 vertical plate camera

Rio 8 B — a 6 x 9 vertical plate camera

  • with Spezial Aplanat f/8 10.5 cm in Vario shutter[7]

Rio 8 C
Rio 10 B
Rio 10 C — a vertical 9x12 plate camera with single expansion bellows and fixed front board.—Brillant finder offset to the (photographer's) left.

  • with Meyer Goerlitz Trioplan 1/6.3 13.5cm in Vario shutter[7]
  • with Orionwerk A.-G Hannover Spezial-Aplanat f/8 13.5cm in Vario shutter[7]

Rio 11 B
Rio 12 C — a vertical 9x12 plate camera with double expansion bellows and moveable front board.—Brillant finder offset to the (photographer's) left.

  • with Orionwerk A.-G Hannover Anastigmat Rionar f/4.5 13.5cm in Ibsor shutter[8]
Rio 14 C — a vertical 9x12 plate camera
  • with Anastigmat Rionar f/6.8 135mm in Vario[9]

Rio 15 B
Rio 18 B
Rio 18 C — a vertical 9x12 plate camera with double expansion bellows and fixed front board.—Brillant finder centered).

  • with Meyer Goerlitz Trioplan 1/6.3 13.5cm in Ibso shutter[7]

Rio 19 C
Rio 20 C
Rio 21 C
Rio 22 D
Rio 23 C
Rio 25
Rio 25 B
Rio 25 C Luxus
Rio 25 D
Rio 26 B — a vertical 6.5 x 9 cm plate camera (~1923)

Rio 26 C
Rio 26 C Luxus
Rio 28 C
Rio 44 C — a 12 x 9 horizontal plate camera

Rio 73 B
Rio 74 B
Rio 75 B
Rio 79 C
Rio 79 D
Rio 81
Rio 82 B
Rio 83 B — a 120 rollfilm camera 6x9

  • with Spezial Aplanat f/8 10.5 cm in Vario shutter[13]

Rio 84
Rio 84 A — a strut-folding camera taking 4×6.5cm pictures on 127 film

Rio 84 C
Rio 84 D
Rio 84 E
Rio 85 C


Notes and References

  1. Formally the 'Orionwerk Aktiengesellschaft für photographische Industrie,' Hannover
  2. Classic Cameras [[1]])
  3. www.vintagephoto.tv
  4. Yalluflex via Flickr
  5. www.vintagephoto.tvl
  6. Yalluflex via Flickr
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 seen on eBay December 2012.
  8. Ralph Nogal via flickr
  9. Dirk HR Spennemann via Flickr
  10. Geoffrey Gilson via Flickr
  11. Enternet
  12. seen on eBay December 2012.
  13. seen on eBay December 2012.

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