Mackenstein “Francia” № 4 camera

The “Francia” № 4 is a versatile camera manufactured by Mackenstein from Paris. The camera can take both stereo and panorama photos. With the name “La Francia”, Mackenstein wanted to emphasize that his company was French, which was necessary given his German heritage and the anti-German sentiments following the Franco-Prussian War of 1870. The Francias,… Continue reading Mackenstein “Francia” № 4 camera


The Platoscope is a basic stereocamera that was made by an unknown manufacturer and sold by Photo-Plait and other sellers. The camera was introduced during the First World War as a “sensational novelty”[1]. With its products and services, Photo-Plait focused on the soldiers at the front. The Platoscope was promoted with the slogan “for the… Continue reading Platoscope

Ernemann Heag XV

The Heag series of folding cameras were produced between 1900 and 1926 by Ernemann from Dresden. The abbreviation Heag stands for Heinrich Ernemann Actien Gesellschaft. Most of the cameras in the Heag series were designed for glass plates. The cameras could be completely folded so they were easy to carry and the lenses and shutter… Continue reading Ernemann Heag XV

Wünsche Reicka

The Reicka is a folding plate stereo camera developed by Emil Wünsche from Dresden. The camera supports 10x15cm glass plate negatives and filmpacks. Emil Wünsche started a photography store in 1887 with the name Bedarfsartikel für Fach- und Amateurphotographen in Dresden. He sold rebranded cameras of Hüttig and products from the companies he acquired earlier. From 1896… Continue reading Wünsche Reicka

Ernemann Heag IV

The Heag IV is a large folding plate stereo camera developed by Heinrich Ernemann from Dresden. The camera supports 9x18cm glass plates as well as filmpacks. The abbreviation Heag stands for Heinrich Ernemann Actien Gesellschaft and was used for a series of folding cameras and stereo cameras. The Heag IV was produced between c.1908 and… Continue reading Ernemann Heag IV

Photographie Vulgarisatrice Nº 402

A beautiful and rare French folding camera for 9x18cm glass plate negatives, manufactured by Photographie Vulgarisatrice. Photographie Vulgarisatrice was founded in 1886 and located at 6 and 8 Rue des Petites-Écuries in Paris. The last found trace dates from 1914. Vulgarisatrice means Popularizer or Promoter. The company’s goal was to make photography accessible to amateurs with simple and affordable cameras. It developed a series… Continue reading Photographie Vulgarisatrice Nº 402

Photo-Sport tailboard camera

A wooden Photo-Sport 6x9cm tailboard camera. It’s a stereo camera with two Balbreck ainé lenses. The panel with the two lenses can be replaced for a panal with one lens. The camera supports basic tilt and shift adjustments to control perspective. The camera contains a corroded and hard to read Photo-Sport plaque on the front. Photo-Sport was… Continue reading Photo-Sport tailboard camera

Mackenstein Série IIIB camera

The Mackenstein model Série IIIB camera was produced between c.1888 and c.1915[1]. It’s a large foldable tailboard camera for 18x24cm glass plate negatives. The top contains a nameplate with: H. Mackenstein Paris ~ Constructeur. The name of the manufacturer is also engraved in the wood on the front side. The front panel has two Aplanat lenses with the name Rapid Aplanat… Continue reading Mackenstein Série IIIB camera

Stéréo-Panoramique Leroy

The Stéréo-Panoramique Leroy was an innovative camera for the 6x13cm format, developed by Lucien Leroy. The camera takes both stereo photos and panorama photos, just by switching the position of a lens as described in a patent from 1903[1]. The camera was presented on 1 May 1903. Both lenses are used in stereo position. Each… Continue reading Stéréo-Panoramique Leroy


The Stéréocycle was introduced by Bazin & Leroy in 1897. The name “Stéréocycle” is based on its clever design that uses rotation cycles to load new plates. The two 6×6,5cm glass plate negatives that make a stereo pair are placed in separate metal frames. After each exposure the cover of the magazine is loosened and… Continue reading Stéréocycle

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