The Werra cameras from the second half of the 1950s show the level of ambition of the engineers at the Carl Zeiss factories in Jena. A camera so minimalist that a shutter button and a lens rotary mechanism should be enough to take pictures. A top design that was supposed to disguise the poor economic situation in the GDR.Continue reading “The twisted Werra”
After more than a year it was time to update our main header photo. Just a small collection of the cameras that are reviewed on this site.
There is no German camera brand as undervalued as the East German Praktica. Now, strictly speaking, it is not a brand, but a long-running model name of KW (Kamera-Werkstaetten) and later Pentacon. Once started as Praktiflex in 1939 and ended as Praktica BX20S in 2001. More than 40 models and versions have never brought the brand what it actually deserves: recognition for high quality at affordable prices.Continue reading “Praktica FX2: the underdog from Dresden”
Ten years after the launch of Nikon F and the rising competition from the East, Voigtlander still manufactured with confidence and craftsmanship their SLR lineup. One of the last characteristic series for the roaring sixties was the famous Bessamatic CS. An all-to-go camera fitted with Worlds first zoom lens. All you need in one camera and one lens.Continue reading “All you need is Bessamatic”