Serial numbers to help with dating cameras.

This is information that I have collected over the last few years from a number of sources.  Some of those sources contradict each other so I have had to make decisions as to what I wish to keep.  I cannot guarantee its accuracy.

The date a lens or shutter is made is not always the date the camera was made.  Both lenses and shutters are made and sold to camera manufacturers in batches.  A camera made in one year may have a lens made the previous year.  I have at least one camera (Zeiss Ikon Icarette) when the shutter was made the year before the lens.  It is also possible that either the shutter or the lens is a later addition made by a repairer.

Here are the links to the files:

Voigtlander lenses

Schneider lenses

Not all Compur serial numbers will appear here. Occasionally,  you will come across nonstandard serial numbers that start with Axxxxxxx or 00xxxxx. I have assumed,  without much evidence, that these are for specific production for particular  camera makers.

Compur shutters

Carl Zeiss lenses   (East and West Germany included)

Olympus cameras

Published by John Margetts

I am a keen photographer who also collects cameras. I am retired with about 45 years photography experience.

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