Half Format 18x24 cameras (1)
Half Format CAMERAS 135, from 1914 to ours days

only 18x24 cameras, not 24x24 or others.


made in Germany
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Produced by Model description Year, Lense Picture
Agfa Memo Automatic The rectangular Memo of 60'. 1964, Memar 2.8
Agfa Optima Parat This camera was similar to the other half-frame cameras of it's age. It had a four-element 30:2.8 manually focusing lens. Shutter speeds from 1/30 - 1/500, plus B. The built-in selenium meter controlled the shutter speed and the aperture settings in programmed automatic exposure control. The Parat had a screw-in telephoto lens that was available and which provided a 55mm optic ( equivalent to an 85mm full-frame lens). There were variations in the styling of the camera with different covering available. Some have a film memo dial on top. Same body syling as the other Parats. Close-focusing to three feet. Built-in hot shoe. 1963, 412g, Color Solinar 2.8/30
Agfa Agfa Parat 1 It is a half frame camera and is the fully manual version of the Agfa Paramat. This particular example has been used - but suffers from light leaking around the back. Otherwise it is in working order. In 1963 it cost (pounds, shillings and pence) £12 19s 6d, plus an additional £1 16s 3d for a pouch case. As they were only made for a short period - the Parat 1 is not common today. 1963, 297g
Agfa Agfa Paramat This was an automatic version of the Parat. It had the same lens as the Parat but a single speed shutter of 1/125. It added a selenium meter to set the f-stop. It is a half frame camera with automatic exposure control. Basically it is the fully automatic version of the Agfa Parat 1. Unlike the Parat 1, this Paramat has a white lens casing - although apparently some Paramats had Parat 1 like black ones. This particular example is untested - but apparently in working order. In 1963 it cost (pounds, shillings and pence) £21 18s 3d, plus £1 16s 3d for a pouch case. As they were only made for a short period - the Paramat is not common today. 1963, 329g, Color-Apotar 2.8/30
Agfa Memo automatic II 1964, Memar 2.8
Ellison Ellison Kamra One of the missing links between the original movie cameras and the half-frame cameras. This late 1920's camera was shaped like many movie cameras of the time. Apparently very few were made. It was made out of bakelite and used special cassettes. Not to be confused with the Bell Kamra that used 16mm film. 1920
ROBOT FOTO GMBH (Dusseldorf) Robot Royal 18 Robot's half-frame model, Interchangable lenses in bayonet fit, rotary shutter 1/2 to 1/500 1956, Schneider Xenar 2.8
ROBOT FOTO GMBH (Dusseldorf) Robot Star 50 "18" Robot's half-frame model, Interchangable lenses in screw mpont (26mm) fit, rotary shutter 1/2 to 1/500 1956, Schneider Xenar 2.8
ROBOT FOTO GMBH (Dusseldorf) Robot Recorder 18-D (1957-1965) Fotocamera priva di mirino e di telemetro, con obiettivo intercambiabile con innesto a baionetta o a vite con diametro 30mm. Motore a molla con possibilità di effettuare 24 scatti con una ricarica. Otturatore con velocità fra 1/5 e 1/500 di secondo oltre alla posa B. Impiega caricatori standard o del tipo TR e NR. Contatto M per il motore elettrico. Costruita in centocinquanta esemplari circa. Dorso amovibile per l'impiego del magazzino da 10, 60 e 120 metri. Finiture cromate o nere. Peso 670 grammi. 1956, Schneider Xenar 2.8
ROBOT FOTO GMBH (Dusseldorf) Robot Motor Recorder 18-C (1977-1992) Fotocamera priva di mirino e di telemetro, con obiettivo intercambiabile con innesto a baionetta o a vite con diametro 30mm. Motore elettrico da 24 volt con possibilità di effettuare sequenze di tre scatti al secondo. Otturatore con velocità fra 1/30 e 1/250 di secondo oltre alla posa B. Impiega caricatori standard o del tipo NR. Contatto M per il motore elettrico. Costruita in cento esemplari circa. Finiture grigie o nere. Peso 800 grammi. 1956, Schneider Xenar 2.8
EXAKTA / IHAGEE Exa I 18x24mm Mirino intercambiabile, obiettivo intercambiabile con baionetta Exakta, otturatore a specchio con velocità 1/25 1/50 1/100 1/150 e posa B. Lunga 130mm, alta 85mm, spessa 48mm, peso 450 grammi. Finiture cromate.

A little series of this camera (500 units) was made in 1952 in half format for the Volkspolizei of DDR. Standard lens Tessar 50mm f/3.5.
1952, Domiplan 50:2,8
EXAKTA / IHAGEE Exa Ia (1964 – 1977) Mirino intercambiabile, obiettivo intercambiabile con baionetta Exakta, otturatore a specchio con velocità 1/30 1/60 1/125 1/175 e posa B e T. Lunga 135mm, alta 90mm, spessa 48mm, peso 520 grammi. Finiture cromate.

In the Seventies a small number of Exa Ia cameras was made in half format for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Standard lens Domiplan 50mm f/2,8.
1952, Domiplan 50:2,8
EXAKTA / IHAGEE Exa Ib (1977-1985) Dresden, Germany, 1952, Various Interchangable lenses. A little series of this camera was made in half format. 1984, Domiplan 50:2,8
Kochmann Korelle K This was one of the first half-frame cameras that looked like a still camera and not a movie camera. It came from Germany and had a focusing 35:2.8 lens but it was interchangeable. Various other lenses were available, such as a 50mm and 70mm lens. Speeds of B, 1 - 1/300. All exposures settings were manual. Brown and black models. 1933, 392g, Leitz Elmar 3.5/35, Schneider Xenar 2.8/35, Trioplan 2.8/35
Leitz Leica 72 The Leica 72 is the only Leica whose image size is 18x24mm, giving you 72 frames on a 36 exposure roll of film, hence the name "72". The camera is based on a IIIA body, the film gate , counter, viewfinder and wind mechanism having been modified. Flash synchronization from the IIIF was also added. It is engraved 18x24 on the top of the rangefinder cover just above the serial number. This camera was produced in extremely small quantities. One source lists 150 units assembled in Canada, 33 in Germany. There are reports of a 72 based on a IIIC, but it may be a prototype. 1954, Summicron 50:2
Leitz Leicacaflex 18x24 Leicaflex 18x24 only one camera made. special Summicron 35:2
Levy Roth Minnigraph 50 exposures 18x24 on 35mm film in special cassettes. 1915, Anastigmat 1:3.5/54.
Levy Roth Minnigraph B 50 exposures 18x24 on 35mm film in special cassettes 1928, Trioplan 3/43.
Rothgiesser & Schlossmann Rothschloss Reflex, 18x24 on 35mm film 1930, Anastigmat Rothschloss 3,5/50.
Waurich & Weber / WELTA Penti / Orix First models named Orix, after well known Penti. Dressed in gold-anodized aluminum, the Welta "Penti" is from that odd breed of Agfa "Rapid Cassette" cameras. Film is moved from one cassette of the type shown to another. After the shutter is released the rod pops out from the left side of the camera, advancing the film by spring power. Pushing the rod back in cocks the shutter and tensions the film transport spring. The camera may be found in other colours also. No meter, manual exposure settings only. 1959, 257gr, Trioplan 3.5/30
Waurich & Weber / WELTA Penti I Welta "Penti I" is like Penti II, but without meter 1961, 257gr, Trioplan 3.5/30
Waurich & Weber / WELTA Penti II Selenium meter, accessory shoe. 1961, 248gr, Domiplan 3.5/30
Kamerawerk Fotofex Minifex Very scarce pre war (1932) German subminiature camera. One of the most interesting subminiatures with very large shutter compared to the size of the body. Known as "the smallest camera in the world" for 36 exposures 13 x 18 on paper backed 16mm Mimosa Film. Versions: Victor 3,5/25 and Vario Shutter, Meyer Trioplan 3,5/25 and Pronto or Compur - shutter, Astro Astrar 2,7/25 (helical mount) in Compur-shutter (rare), Pan Tachar 1,8/25 and Compur-shutter Victor 3,5/25 , Meyer Trioplan 3,5/25 , Astro Astrar 2,7/25 , Pan Tachar 1,8/25, a rare f0.95
K.W. / Kamera Werkstätten Praktica L2 Reflex, shutter locked on one fixed time, probably 1/60 sec, lens locked on a fixed focus and on fixed diaphragm. Camera for Police. 1975-80, lense Tessar MC 2.8/50
made in Austria
O.T.A.G. Amourette Austria, Wien, 50 exposures 18x24 on 35mm film in special cassettes, central shutter 1/25, 1/50, 1/100, forerunner of the Instamatic and other cassettes. 1925, Double Miniscope 1:6.3/35


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