Belmira

An excellent 35mm fixed lens rangefinder camera from East Germany.

Beier Beirette – 12/0705

This is a simple compact camera from the old East Germany (technically, the German Democratic Republic or DDR). Outwardly, it is very similar to a Braun Paxette. My overall impression of this camera is of a nicely designed and made cheap camera. lens: Meyer-Optik Trioplan focal length: 45 mm apertures: ƒ/3.5 to ƒ/22 focus range: 1Continue reading “Beier Beirette – 12/0705”

Praktica Nova (no name version)

This camera has no name on it anywhere – in fact, no writing on it at all. The only clue to its identity is the Ernemann Tower embossed in the leatherette on the back. Ernemann was one of the four camera makers that merged in 1926 to form Zeiss Ikon. With the partition of GermanyContinue reading “Praktica Nova (no name version)”

Praktica F.X2

This is an early Praktica made by KW (Kamera Werkstätten) between 1958 and 1959 i.e. before the merging of East Germany’s camera makers into Pentacon. In many ways, this camera is much like what became the ‘standard’ SLR camera – such as Asahi’s Pentax and Nikon’s F. In other ways it shows its position inContinue reading “Praktica F.X2”