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Beirette Camera
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Details

Object ID 000090

Object Name Beirette Camera

Object Desc Beirette was a name applied to a long sequence of compact 35mm viewfinder camera models, made from 1958 to the 1980s in East Germany by Beier.

Collection Objects

Accession # MDS000042

Alternate ID

General Category Other Objects

Category Camera

Source Graham Lloyd

Source Category Gift

Accession Date MAY 11,2016

Credit/Acknowledgement

Location Llay

Object Date 1980

Start Year Range 1958

End Year Range 1980

Status In Collection

Object Keywords


Title Camera. Beirette

Description 35mm viewfinder camera models, made from 1958 to the 1980s in East Germany by Beier.

Physical Description Type: viewfinder camera Manufacturer: Kamerafabrik Woldemar Beier KG - Freital, partially private East German company Year of launch: 1958 Film: 35mm Lens: Meyer Trioplan 1:3.5/45mm or Ludwig Meritar 1:2.8/45mm Shutter: Junior-II, Modell II or Priomat with speeds 30, 60, 125, and B Viewfinder: optical, early versions were ocular shiftable for parallax correction

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Conditions

Events

Date MAY 11,2016

Summary Status change

Notes Status changed to In Collection from In Collection - automatic entry by System User


Date MAY 11,2016

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Llay from Llay - automatic entry by System User


Appraisals

Date MAY 14,2016

Valuation 14

Appraiser Graham Lloyd

Notes Based on average Ebay price.


Provenance

Notes

Date MAY 14,2016

Notes Beirette was a name applied to a long sequence of compact 35mm viewfinder camera models, made from 1958 to the 1980s in East Germany by Beier. There were also some folding Beirettes, made from 1939, but production apparently disappeared during WWII. Although the name stayed the same, various tweaks in the design were made. It was the first camera that came out of the former East Germany that had a rapid advance lever. It is a very compact, little simple camera, and the first thing you notice is the beautifully designed shutter release button placed on the front. There are many models and versions during its very long manufacturing period. Flash sync, for example, moved from a pin of the lens barrel to a standard hot shoe, and a plastic shutter release button replaced the original metal one in the mid-1970s. Several versions of this camera were sold by Boots, for example the Boots Beirette BL, or branded as Revue for export markets.