11 May 2001,
London, South Kensington
Price realised GBP 1,058
GBP 600 - GBP 800
Ermanox no. 1253940
Ernemann/Zeiss Ikon, Germany; 4½ x 6cm., with an Ernemann Ernostar f/1.8 8.5cm. lens no. 1109174 and darkslides, in maker's case
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Condition: 4C(iii)Cosmetic: Normal use and wear. Mechanical: Working but accuracy of shutter (usually at slow speeds) questionable. Lenses: Optics require cleaning/cloudy.
The Ermanox camera was launched in 1924 by Ernemann with a lens designed by L. Bertele. At the time of its introduction the camera possessed the widest aperture lens of any miniature camera made. The camera appeared in a number of different plate sizes, each with the f/1.8 lens and with the 4½ x 6cm. model being offered with f/1.8 and f/2 lenses. Reflex and collapsable models were also offered. It was listed until 1930.
The fast lens helped gain the camera popularity amongst 'candid' photographers. Felix H. Man (1893-1985) established his reputation as a photographer with a 4½ x 6cm. Ermanox and the person who is generally credited with being the first available light candid photographer Dr Erich Salomon (1886-1944) used the camera with a f/1.8 lens. Salomon photographed the social, business and political elite in Germany during the 1920s and 1930s, most notably at League of Nations conferences.
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Eaton S. Lothrop (1973), A Century of Cameras, p. 133.
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