Voigtländer Scheren-Camera

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The Scheren-Camera ('scissor-camera') is a camera made by Voigtländer in about 1903, for 9x12 cm plates. It has a long bellows extension,[1] supported by scissor-struts.[2] The bellows extends in front of and behind a central body, so the camera stays well-balanced on a tripod as the bellows is extended.[3] This central body carries the focusing control, a top-mounted Newton-type viewfinder and a bubble level. The rear body, carrying the focusing screen or plate-holder, may incorporate a focal-plane shutter; the camera was offered with or without it in Voigtländer's catalogue.[2] Otherwise the camera could be had with a shuttered lens, and the FP shutter was available as a removable accessory for that camera.[3] An illustration in a report of the camera when new shows the camera with a removable shutter module.[4]

An extensible cloth band mounted on the central body, and looped round a peg on the front standard, acts as a focus scale, with marks for several focal lengths.[3]


  1. In fact, only about 30 cm, or double-extension, but long for a camera without a bed.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Scheren-Camera with Collinear III 183 mm f/6.8, sold at the 26th Westlicht Photographica Auction (now Leitz Photographica Auction), on 22 November 2014; the auction listing shows the camera with its listing in a contemporary catalogue.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 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)., p 960.
  4. Aarland, Dr. G. (1903) Voigtländer-Scheren-Camera. In: Photographische Mitteilungen: Halbmonatschrift für Amateur-Photographie (Photographic Correspondence: fortnightly for amateur photography), P. Hanneke, editor. Gustav Schmidt Verlag, Berlin, 1903, pp177-8. In the library of Harvard University, digitised by Google and archived at Internet Archive. Text in German.