VEB Rheinmetall

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VEB Mechanik Büromaschinenwerk Rheinmetall [1] was a manufacturer of business machines (adding machines, typewriters etc) , engines for motorbikes and cameras. in Sömmerda, Thuringia, East Germany. It started production as a weapons manufacturer during the period of the German Empire, moved to civilian production after World War I, recommenced weapons manufacture in the lead up to and during World War II and recommenced civilian production after Soviet occupation forces handed the factory back to the (East) German state.

Production restarted in 1952, and by 1954 a number of camera models had been introduced. Some of these were sub-production for other companies such as the Exa for Ihagee or the Weltax for Welta. Other cameras were own production, albeit probably copied from other Eastern Bloc companies (such as the Perfekta).


VEB Rheinmetall made the following cameras:


  1. VEB=Volkeigener Betrieb. 'People-owned Company"
  2. Lippisches Kamera Museum