Bee Bee (Model A)

The Bee Bee is an export version of the Certotrop, sold in the U.S. by Burleigh Brooks (hence the name Bee Bee). It's a folding camera for film pack, cut film, and plates, made of metal with a leather covering.

 

Though it's a small camera, the Bee Bee is packed with features:

● Ground glass focusing back

● Reflecting finder with bubble level

● Wire frame finder

● Removable lens/shutter assembly

● Rise and fall

● Rack & pinion horizontal adjustment

● Double-extension bellows

 

The camera was made in Germany by Certo, in the 1930s. Since it was sold in America, the european tripod sockets are fitted with 1/4-20 adapters. This example came with an accessory film back as well.

 

The Model A, seen here, makes 6.5x9cm images, and the Model B makes 9x12cm images.

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Taken on November 22, 2010