Robot Vollautomat camera

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    Made by Robot Benning, Germany

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    Lens: Schneider Kreuznach Xenon 1:1.9 40mm

    Aperture:, 1.9,2.8,4,5.6,8,11,16

    Shutter: metal focal plane rotary, speed, B,1/4,1/8,1/15,1/30,1/60,1/125,1/250,1/500

    focusing dial 2ft, 2.5,3,3.5,4.5,6,7.5,9,12,17,23,25,Inf
     
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    24x24mm square format, 50 exposures on one roll of 135-36 film

    The shutter advance is a little bit sluggish, due to its age
     
  3. I've just bought a Luftwaffe-marked Telexenar to complete my 3rd Robot II set.
    All three are gun cameras from the German airforce during WW2, all were G.I. war trophies taken back to the States.

    My first two:
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    Both are equiped with Schneider-Kreuznach 7.5mm f/3.8 Tele-Xenars

    Up until a few years ago there were two former-Berning employees in Frankfurt repairing and servicing every type of Robot camera built.
     
  4. Very Cool that they're indeed period correct. Was there any direct connection to synchro airplane cameras ? know this model only by reference as a spring loaded shutter. That there are more than 1 model is also something I remember. Please do post any results..
     
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    My other Robot cameras:

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    Robot Star 50
     
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    Robot II with Xenar 40mm 1:1.9 lens
     
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    The flagship , Robot Royal model III

    with superimpose image type range finder

    Shutter operates in two mode, Single shot mode, sequnce shots mode
     
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    There are three types of Robot cassette

    Robot NR cassette, consists of a special take up spool, and two brass outer shells. Complete light tight,

    after finish one roll, no need to rewind film, directly remove the cassette.

    Type 2 take up cassette, consists of two pieces : a center take up spool and a bottom brass shell

    Not light tight, after finish one roll, must rewind film
     
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    Robot Star 50, Robot Vollautomat, Robot II and Robot Royal II, Robot Royal III all accept kodak 135 cassette

    The is Robot TR cassette for used as supply side cassette, but it is not necessary.
     
  10. Some results from a roll of Fomapan 100 I shot with a Robot II at the start of the the year.
    Made a custom viewfinder for it

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    Nice photos, Rick
     
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    Robot Luftwaffen Eigentum
     
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    "LUFTWAFFEN EIGENTUM" stamped at camera back
     
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    The lens, a Schneider Kreuznach Tele-Xenar 75mm also has "LUFTWAFFEN EIGENTUM" stamped at the back end
     

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