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.

  • krnodil has moved to 5y

    Looks so much like the Recomars - Nagel and Kodak. They are adorable, tidy-looking cameras.
  • Raúl Sá Dantas PRO 5y

    Very nice camera.

    Merry Xmas
  • Càmaras Màgicas JC 5y

    esta muy bien conservada
  • crazydezzy17 4y

    i recently purchased this model camera and was wondering if you knew what model size film back would fit or at least what style of back it is?
  • John Kratz PRO 4y

    The advertising I've seen says only "film pack adapter". I can tell you it's not for rollfilm, but I don't know what kind of "film packs" were being used in the 1930s.

    See here.
  • Rodrigo V 4y

    Beautiful camera Mr. Kratz!
    I've a model B (i guess).
    Certo Certotrop Model B - IMG_3777b
  • Vintage America PRO 4y

    It does indeed look much like a Recomar. At first I thought this image was of the same. Neat camera !
  • lvrepoman 4y

    My grandfather used one of these from the late 1930's into the 1960's. I have it today and can't help but marvel at how he was able to use it for his everyday, family camera. He took some really beautiful photos with it--at least one was published in Arizona Highways. He used to delight in telling how he was paid $3.00 for the photo and how he used the money to buy a nice leather case for it.
  • John Kratz PRO 4y

    Thank you so much for sharing that, lvrepoman!
  • Historic Camera PRO 3y

    Hi John, Thanks for sharing this nice arrangement of the Bee Bee camera. I have show cased it with our reference info for collectors here.. Thanks again. Regards, Tom
21 faves
Taken on November 22, 2010
  • ƒ/5.0
  • 50.0 mm
  • 1/100
  • Flash (off, did not fire)
  • Show EXIF
This photo is in 1 album

Additional info

  • Viewing this photo Public
  • Safety level of this photo Safe
  • S Search
    Photo navigation
    < > Thumbnail navigation
    Z Zoom
    B Back to context