Yes, I’ve bought another ‘new’ old camera. A Voigtländer Perkeo.
I’ve been after one of these for a few years, but the prices on eBay are either too high, or the camera for sale doesn’t look in very good condition. Here I was extremely lucky: the camera is in perfect working order* and I got it for a song, and I managed to snaffle it before anyone else saw it.
£20 plus £2.80 postage – it’s a steal!
“But why Andrew? Why? Don’t you already have enough cameras?” I hear you cry. Well, a number of reasons:
- It shoots medium format film**
- It’s really quite small (Perkeo means ‘pigmy’) when folded up
- It has a case (and the case is in really good condition)
- It’s more sturdy than some of my other folding cameras
- It has a better viewfinder than some of my folding cameras***
- It has double-exposure prevention
- I like to shoot square photos sometimes
- I wanted one
This afternoon – it’s my day off, even though it is a Tuesday – I went the long way to the supermarket, a route taking me along the river Severn. I took the Perkeo, loaded with Fomapan 100 Black & White film, and reader, I shot it all****.
I took photos of Tudor-era buildings, a dragon, and a couple of bridges.
The film went in the post to get processed late afternoon, so assuming the shots come out ok, I’ll be posting them here within a week.
Original Voigtländer Perkeo Invoice from 1955 (I’ve blurred identifying information)
There is a small hatch inside the case lid, where I found this: the original invoice. I’ve blurred the name and address, but the writing’s so bad that probably wasn’t necessary*****.
£13 in 1955 had the purchasing power of about £325 in today’s money.
*It looks hardly used, except for some paint worn from the front edge and some chrome missing from the accessory shoe on the top
**120 (medium) film shoots negatives 6cm across, they capture an enormous amount of detail. It’s cheaper to shoot 35mm, but it’s nice to shoot some 120 as a treat.
***I have 3 cameras from late 30’s/early 40’s and the viewfinder is merely a frame to look through, no glass in it at all!
****The Perkeo takes twelve 6cm by 6cm shots, easy to take all 12 in a short space of time.
*****There is still a photography-related business at this address, called ‘Snappy Snaps’