Heidoscop - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Heidoscop

1922

Franke & Heidecke

Braunschweig

Germany

Image of Heidoscop

Lens:
Two, f4.5, 5.5 cm Tessar. Iris diaphragm to f18. Serial no. 570685 570686 (1924).

Viewing lens: f3.2, 5.5 cm Heidoscop Sucher-Anastigmat.

Shutter:
Compound, speeds 1 - 1/300, B, T.

Construction:
Leather covered metal body.

Format:
Two, 4.5 x 4.5 cm exposures on 45 x 107 mm plates held in a push-pull changing magazine for 12 plates.

Focusing:
To 1m.

Attributes:
Reflex viewing through separate lens. Full-size ground glass viewing screen. Magnifier in hood. Mirror in hood for eye-level use.
Removable magazine with automatic exposure counter.
Spirit level in view-finder.

Identification:
Type 1 specification.

Movements:
Rising front.

Serial Number:
1565 - 7019 .

With:
Magazine with 12 plate holders and 10 plates. Serial no. 3170.

Heidoscop

Larger model

1925

Franke & Heidecke

Braunschweig

Germany

Image of Heidoscop

Lens:
Two, f4.5, 7.5 cm Tessar. Iris diaphragm to f25. Serial no. 771823 771818 (1927).

Viewing lens: f4.2, 7.5 cm Zeiss Sucher-Triplet. Serial no. 811550 (c. 1928).

Shutter:
Compound, speeds 1 - 1/300, B, T.

Construction:
Leather covered metal body.

Format:
Two, 6 x 6 cm exposures on 6 x 13 cm plates held in a push-pull changing magazine for 12 plates.

Focusing:
To 1m.

Attributes:
Reflex viewing through separate lens. Full-size ground glass viewing screen. Magnifier in hood. Mirror in hood for eye-level use.
Removable magazine with automatic exposure counter.
Spirit level in view-finder.

Identification:
Type 4 specification. No cross hairs on screen.

Movements:
Rising front.

Serial Number:
16812 , Changing box: 17992.

Notes:
Retailer's plaque on camera: A D. Fischel Jr. Friedrichstrasse 191. Berlin W8. The back of the mirror has 36/98 written on it.

With:

  • Two Heidoscop yellow filters. Serial numbers 325735, 325734.
  • 2nd magazine with 12 plates and sheaths. Serial number: 7617.
  • Film pack adapter with Agfa film pack.
  • Cable release by AGC. Lens caps on chord. Case marked Heidoscop.

The Heidoscop was introduced in 1922 and closely resembled the Voigtländer Stereoflektoskop of 1913. The Heidoscop was originally made for 45 x 107 mm plates, in 1925 a larger model for 6 x 13 cm was introduced. The roll-film version, Rolleidoscop, was introduced in 1926.

Variations

The Heidoscop went through a number of minor design changes:

  • Type 1 - Aperture control surrounding viewing lens. IBT and tensioning lever on front panel. F&H logo on focusing hood. Lens caps attached to camera by cord.
  • Type 2 - IBT and tensioning lever moved to top of camera. 1923.
  • Type 3 - No logo on hood.
  • Type 4 - Aperture control moved to top of camera. Before 1930.
  • Type 5 - Lens caps hinged to camera front.
  • The focusing hood of the early models was held closed by two catches located each side of the hood. Later (by type 2) the hood had the familiar single catch with side struts.
  • The first models had a choice of Tessar, Heidoscop or Steinheil Unofocal lenses, all at f4.5. Later only the Tessar was available. The 6 x 13 cm model appeared around type 2 or 3.

The fitted case with this example has a compartment in the lid for filters and a cable release.

References & Notes:
BJA 1925, pp. 337, 743. BJA 1926, p. 763. BJA 1929, p. 697. BJA 1930, p. 667. BJA 1931, p. 622. BJA 1935, p. 596. AP 20/5/1925, p. 52. Minit&Cine, 1939, p. 169. Ganzini Cat. 1926-27, p. 66.

Further Information:
Lothrop, Century, p.137.

Illustrations:
Type 1 - BJA 1925, p.337. Type 2 - Prague Cat., 559. Type 3 - Permutt, Collecting Old Cameras, p.155. Type 4 - This example. Type 5 - Prague Cat., 560.

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