Voigtlander Perkeo

The camera was made in Germany around, I believe, c.1932 and certainly pre-WWII.

According to Voigtlander, the 'Perkeo' came in three different lens/shutter combinations:

My camera also has a lens hood (not shown) and leather case. Tripod socket is on the base. Yellow filter also available in 25mm size. The Compur shutter is the sweetest sounding shutter on any camera that I own.

From a Voigtlander booklet (1932):

This automatic camera which is just as handy as it is elegant, combines the advantages of being quickly ready for a 'shot' with great stability. The lens is not brought forward by a complicated strut construction, but instead is mounted firmly in a strong U-Standard which glides forward automatically, smoothly and certainly in ground runners in the baseboard. Four large ventilation channels allow the air pressure to remain constant when the camera is opened or shut so that the film is definitely prevented from being sucked in.

The film used in the 'Perkeo' is the A8 (4 x 6 1/2 cm) which gives 16 pictures 3 x 4 cm. (1 5/8" x 1 1/4"). Two spring strips inside the camera ensure that the film is really flat which is important, as the film has a tendency to curl, owing to the thin metal centre of the spools. The loading of the 'Perkeo' is particularly pleasant because of the extraordinary handiness of the spool holding mechanism. Large knobs, which when pulled out and slightly turned, remain out, make it easy to load the camera even with gloves on as in Winter. Instead of the usual film key the 'Perkeo' has a large knurled knob which is naturally much handier. The opening of the back is a also very simple and certain, as both catches are released by side pressure of the hand holding the camera.

The focusing of the 'Perkeo' can be done from the outside, whether the camera is closed or open - another point making for speedy 'shots'. A nice, large, focusing knob on the side of the camera has a simple focussing scale from 3 feet to infinity, so that you do not need to turn the camera about before altering the focus.

The camera is equipped with a frame finder which suits this size very well. [My camera has a German made Rhaco viewfinder permanently attached to the top.]

Instead of the usual carrying handle the 'Perkeo' is fitted with a sling which assists in holding the camera steady when making an exposure in the hand.

The 'Perkeo' also has a metal depth of focus table which is very useful for exposures in the hand."

Submited by Tony Peri. You can see some shots taken with with this camera in his gallery.

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