Heag VI Camera
||Heinrich Ernemann AG
|Country of Origin:
||Leather covering over a wooden body. Lens standard
draws out on a track fixed to the baseboard; double extension
bellows with rack and pinion acting on inner rail. Reflecting
viewfinder sighted on baseboard.
Focal plane shutter built into
camera, with Bausch & Lomb shutter on the front standard. Maroon
chamfered bellows. Ground glass focussing.
||1903 - 1925
|Model / Variant:
||Double Shutter Camera
|Plate / Film Size:
||9 x 12cm plate
||Beck Symmetrical f/8
||Bausch & Lomb T, B, I (1 - 1/100) & focal plane
|Dimensions (w x h x l):
||16 x 11.5 x 9 cm (closed)
|Date of this Example:
||Serial 94009 stamped inside the fold down back
- Hard to Find
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The camera is unmarked and has been identified as an Ernemann Heag VI from photographs in
McKeown. The early model Head VI was often referred to in English ads as the
"Double Shutter Camera". Since this version is fitted with a Beck lens and
has a scale in yards, this would seem to fit the description.
The operation of the focal plane shutter is not clear and there is no
obvious way of identifying the speed. The format is also different to those
pictured in McKeown for this camera (but is the same as that shown on the
Velo Clapp a few pages later).
This example of the Ernemann Heag VI camera is in very good condition, with very clean maroon bellows.
The camera is complete with its original velvet lined leather case, designed to take the camera and DDS.
The first thumbnail image is taken from a 1907 Kodak Catalogue of
Photographic Apparatus and Materials, a substantial book detailing
all products available through Kodak Ltd., London. (Click on the
thumbnail to open a larger image in a new window). It quite clearly
shows the same Double Shutter camera, albeit that is has a different
type of Focal Plane shutter and is marketed under the Kodak name of
"Artex". It is also apparent that the diagram is a mirror reversal
of the actual camera layout!
It is also interesting to note that
under the pricing section, it offers the option of the camera with
FP shutter only or both shutters.
The Artex Model A above it is another Ernemann camera - the Velo
Klapp camera. Note that the FP shutter shown on this model does
match that used on my Double Shutter camera. The Kodak
advertisements do not give nay further information about the FP
The same drawings appear in an advert by Chas. Zimmerman & Co in
the 1907 BJPA (pp1542-3), shown in the second thumbnail image. (Click on the thumbnail
to open a larger image in a new window). The same line drawings are
used, with the same reversal problem. Here the cameras are
identified as Ernemann. In both cases, this advert quotes the FP
shutters as capable of exposures down 1/2000th of a second. The BJPA
advert for the Double Shutter camera also advertises the camera in
two distinct sizes: ¼ plate as seen here and 5½ x 3½, which
could also be adapted for stereo use.
Note also that the footer on
the BJPA page declares that Chas Zimmerman is sole agent. Perhaps
that is why Kodak Ltd had to market the camera under their own Artex
trade name and without identifying the original manufacturer?
Enquiries made of other collectors has revealed that Ernemann
used a variety of different patterns (five or so) of FP shutters on
their cameras. From information available to date, it is not
possible to determine what dates particular variants of the FP
shutter were in use.