Last Christmas I was given a broken Berning Robot II camera body from Kris Bocheneck through Dave Carroll (Thank you for your generocity, gentlemen). This particular model is German Airforce gun/reconnaissance camera, correctly marked with "Luftwaffen-eigentum" and the serial number starts with an F. The large knob on the top deck houses a double spring-unit, which allowed the camera to shoot about 50 24x24mm photos on one full wind. Enough for one full 135-36 roll. The single spring unit versions, like the pre-war civilian ones, only allowed you to shoot half as many frames on a full wind. These cameras were used as an alternative to the EK-12 16mm cine gun cameras and could be installed in the left wing of the Focke-Wulf FW-190 fighter aircraft. It was less frequently used on the Messerschmitt BF-109. It was hooked up to a solenoid that would repeatedly depressed the shutter button when the guns were fired. It is said that it could shoot about 4 to 5 frames per second, but I feel it was probably closer to 2 or 3 per second. The camera was also used by the photo reconnaissance versions of these two fighter aircraft. Or it could be shot by hand by the crew of other military aircraft. A special aerial reconnaissance Robot 375 camera was used with an extended magazine and electric drive that could take 375 photos on 10 meters of film. After the war many of these luftwaffe cameras were converted to civilian cameras by the Berning Robot Company. But as this one was a GI bring-back it never underwent this conversion, hence it still has the original top deck without a viewfinder built in. Now, my particular example had a stuck shutter and the springs in the winding unit were broken. I cleared the jam myself, but couldn't source new spring units. After asking around on some forums I was pointed towards Robot-Kameradienst.de : A repair service run by Fritz and Andreas Kergl. Both are (former-) Berning Robot employees and acquired all the spare parts when the Robot Company stopped manufacturing non-industrial cameras. After emailing back and forth I decided to have the camera serviced and shipped it to them shortly after new-year. I was rather surprised when it came back within 2 weeks. IN FULL WORKING ORDER! Little movie of the working shutter Of course, a working camera is nothing without a lens or the 2 required film cartridges. So the hunt was on. One of my regular camera goodie dealers had a RoBoT Junior on offer, with a 40mm lens and the 2 cassettes. Unfortunately, it had sold a few days earlier. Darn! However, he did have a nice Schneider 7.5cm f/3.8 Tele-Xenar on offer. And better yet, it was also marked "Luftwaffen-eigentum". Okay it wasn't in a black finish, but I could live with that. So I jumped on it. It arrived a few days later: The special "N" take-up cassette came from a Dutch 'ebay'-like site and the "T" feed cassette came from a German seller on Ebay (together with an Agfa reloadable cassete). I Macgyvered together a viewfinder from some left over plasticard and loaded the camera with some Agfa Superpan 200. The viewfinder wasn't particularly accurated so I had to do some serious cropping in the end. Remembrance ceremony at the Capelse Veer Not too bad. The viewfinder has been adjusted now and there's still a little haze in the lens I want to clean up in the near future. I will run some more film through it soon and hopefully get some better compositions. Another classic manual camera saved!