Close Up - Stands - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Universal Stand

c. 1937

Zeiss-Ikon A. G.



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Close-up outfit for the Contax camera. Consists of:

U shaped base, two section pillar and sliding support, ILHEM 5522/1;
Tripod Focusing Head, ILHOP 5522/3;
Lengthening Piece, fits between siding support and Focusing Head, ILHIN 5522/2;
Focusing Slide, ILHUR 5522/5;
Lengthening Tube for 1:1, ILJAM 5522/13;
Lengthening Tube for 2:1, ILJEN 5522/14;
Lengthening Tube for 4:1, ILJIP 5522/15;
Focusing Adapter with rotating mirror, IFISK 5520/9;
Focusing Adapter, IFIGY 5520/06;
Clear glass Focusing Adapter, ILINZ 5522/11;
Ball and socket head, GEDAZ 1628/1;
Two Delta Supplementary lenses, 2x and 3.5x, 42 mm fitting, IGKIB 995/38;
Proxar 1x 42. Serial No. 570122;
Proxar 2x 42. Serial No. 565186;
Flexible shutter release;
"Instructions for Using the Tripod Focusing Head for Contax and Nettax" - pamphlet d. 1939, B2617E;
Bush to attach pillar of Universal Stand to normal tripod head, ILIRC 5522/12;
Three anchoring spikes, ILIGS 5522/6;
Three holding screws to attach to a baseboard;
Compensating weight, 5522/17;
Carrying case for the above, ILHAL 5522/0.

The Universal Stand consists of several attachments based around a folding U shaped base, a pillar and a bracket to attach the camera.

The attachments could be purchased individually or assembled into an outfit. Some of the attachments (such a the Tripod Focusing Head and Focusing Adapter) were components in other Zeiss products.

A key element was the Focusing Head (Tripod Focusing Head). This gave an initial extension to the lens and incorporated a helical focusing mount. Using the Focusing Head alone, the scale of reproduction (Contax 11 and 111) was 1:2 (i.e. 48 x 72 mm subject size), with rigid mount lenses or 1:3 with collapsible lenses. To reduce this initial magnification negative supplementary lenses called Deltas were used, these gave reproduction ratios of 1:12 with rigid mount lenses or 1:20 with collapsible mounts. Two Delta lenses were supplied for the collapsible lenses (2 , 3.5) and three for the rigid mounts (2, 3.5, 5).

Lengthening tubes were provided giving reproduction ratios of 1:1, 2:1 and 4:1. Further magnification was possible by using the Mikrotar, microscope objective.

The lengthening tubes and the Focusing Head attach to the Contax using the outer bayonet on the camera. The lens fits on to the Focusing Head, if a collapsible lens is used it can be retracted into the Focusing Head or attach in the external position.

Coupling rings allowed the unit to be used with the Nettax.

Short focus lenses could be used to give greater magnification, they would fit the bayonet of the lengthening tube. The Focusing Head could only be used with the 5cm lenses.

The compensation weight has the weight of a camera and is used when focusing at very high magnifications where attaching the camera would cause a small but noticeable deflection. It fits on to the Focusing Adapter.

The unit is very well made but does not have the flexibility of the Leica equivalent which does not require negative lenses and provides a greater reproduction range, the heads of long-focus lenses could also be used on the Leica.

References & Notes:
BJA 1939, p. 277. ZI Cat. 1938, p. 104. ZI Cat 1939, p. 106.

Special Reproduction Apparatus

Zeiss-Ikon A. G.



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Copying stand with 4 pre-set positions, reproduction ratios of 1:1.5, 1:2, 1:3, 1:4. Comprises:
Stand with column and bracket to hold camera,
4 extension tubes,
4 subject masks giving field of view,
Additional mask for copying/printing 35 mm film negatives,
Focusing screen adapter,
Magnifier hood for focusing screen adapter,
Wooden box.

This is a compact copying stand for use with the Contax camera. The stand can be used for flat objects without the focusing screen adapter as the column has pre-set positions for the camera bracket, for this reason the focusing screen was not included as standard. Additional rings were available to fit the Nettax to the device. With the addition of a light box and extra masks the apparatus formed the 'Optical Transparency Printer'. The focusing magnifier with this example is the 'improved' type that appeared in 1938.

Code Names:
5520/1 - Stand. 5520/0 - Wooden box. 5520/6 - Focusing Adapter. 5520/9 - Focusing Magnifier.

References & Notes:
ZI Cat 1939, pp. 90, 98, 105.

Reprophot Universal Copying Stand

c. 1964



West Germany

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Focusing slide
U shaped base
35 mm slide holder
Four legs with extension pieces

Instructions. Box.

The Reprophot was intended for use with Zeiss-Ikon cameras especially the Contarex, Contaflex and Icarex. It can be used and configured in a number a ways:

  • The Focusing slide attaches to the U shaped base when copying small documents or pages from a book.
  • The 35 mm slide holder attaches to the base when copying transparencies.
  • The legs attach to the underside of the base to copy larger documents or to allow back-lighting for the 35 mm slide holder. The extension pieces attach to the legs for copying larger documents.
  • The Focusing slide can be attached to a tripod or other copying stand.
There are two small pins around the tripod screw that fit holes surrounding the tripod socket of the camera to ensure vertical alignment, a separate plate is used for cameras without these holes.

Surprisingly Zeiss did not develop the Reprophot further perhaps incorporating an accessory lighting unit underneath the base and opal, frosted and clear glass plates to attach to the U shaped base for transmitted light work. A shroud of some kind fitting between the slide holder and the lens would also be useful.

Setting Device. For use with supplementary lenses

E. Leitz G.M.B.H.



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Close up apparatus (BEOOY) for use with close-up lenses 2 and 3.


  • Extension legs (BETAB).
  • Intermediate ring (VMCOO). To attach Elmar close-up lenses to the 5 cm Summar lens.

With the BEOOY three settings are possible:
Lens no. 3 and camera lens at 3 feet, object size is 5" x 3 ⅜".
Lens no. 3 and camera lens at infinity, object size is 6 5/16" x 4 1/4".
Lens no. 2 and camera lens at 3 feet, object size is 8 " x 5 ⅝".

With the addition of the extension legs (BETAB) an additional setting of:
Lens no. 2 and camera lens at infinity, object size is 12 5/8" x 8 7/16".

The legs are marked with yellow and white rings for the Summar for the Elmar lenses respectively.

References & Notes:
Leica Cat. 1936, p. 29.

Asahi Pentax Copipod

Asahi Optical Co.



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Instructions, case.

The Copipod was a quick-to-use and portable stand for copying documents. The legs can be extended.

Retina Document Copying Stand

Kodak A.G.


West Germany

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  • Instructions. Box.
  • Lighting Equipment. Box.
  • N II close-up lens. Box.

This is for copying flat objects of roughly A4 and A5 size. It comprises a clamp that fits to a Retina camera and four legs which attach to the clamp. The legs can be extended and have painted rings which indicate the settings for different camera models. The N II close-up lens was used with this device.

The lights attach to arms which screw to the camera clamp.

Glass pressure plates to hold the subject flat were available.

Kodak Table Stand

Kodak A.G.


West Germany

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The stand comprises: U shaped base, column with two extension pieces, right-angle head, camera adapter, ball and socket head.


The stand can be used in two ways, for copying where the camera and stand are fixed for downward vertical exposures and, secondly, as a small camera stand when fitted with a ball and socket head. In the second case the components can be assembled in many different ways. Two model were produced, the one shown here is the earlier version for Retina I and II cameras.

Kodak Close-up Table Stand 1:1

Kodak A.G.


West Germany

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  • Instructions. Box.
  • Slide Holder, box.
  • R 1:2 close-up lens, box.

This device allows 1:1 reproduction with the Retina III S and Retina Reflex S fitted with Xenar or Ysarex f2.8 50 mm lenses. It consists of a stand with three legs, at the base is a plate with a 36 x 24 mm cut-out. A short extension tube is built into the top of the unit, an R 1:2 close-up lens is also required.

A slide holder can be fitted to the underside of the baseplate.

Code Names:
14 161 - Stand. 14 162 Slide Holder.

Pentax Copy Stand IIIP

Asahi Optical Co.



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This is a well-constructed copying stand which breaks down and fits into the box that doubles as the baseboard. The copying arm carries a focusing slide. The box has space for a camera and close-up lenses.

Pentacon Copy Stand

Kombinat VEB Pentacon


German Democratic Republic

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The column, which is quite short, has arms to hold the camera and lamps. The column has the nice feature of a ridge to maintain alignment of the copying arm.

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