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Ernemann Klapp-Camera
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Photos by JPP text by JPP. From the collection of JPP. Last update 2018-10-27 par Michel Rochevalier.

Manufactured or assembled in Germany from 1920 to 1926.
Index of rarity in France: Rare (among non-specialized garage sales)
Inventory number: 7477

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Chronology of cameras Ernemann 

The Ernemann Klapp-Camera from 1920 -1926 was the last batch of the strut folding cameras of Ernemann just before merging in the conglomerate company Zeiss-Ikon. The most notorious feature is the shutter control, now with two main knobs on the right side of the camera. It is a relatively heavy camera, made of metal covered with grainy black leather. There is a folding Newton finder at the top with the typical Ernemann double cover, and a pointer for central positioning on the front standard. This camera is the version for 10 x 15 cm plates.

The shutter has separate controls for slit width and spring tension. The large knob on the right is the cocking wheel. The lower sets the slit width, between 2.5 and 100 mm. On the lower left side a small knob sets the spring tension in a numerical scale from 1 to 12. The shutter delivers speeds in the range 1/10 to 1/1000 seconds plus Z.

The lens is a Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar with 165 mm of focal length and maximum aperture of 4.5. The front standard has horizontal and vertical movements for perspective correction, controlled by a single knob.

Ernemann Klapp-Camera
Ernemann Klapp-Camera 10 x 15 cm (1920-1026)