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Voigtlander Brillant
France Version française
Photos by JMB text by Sylvain Halgand. From the collection of JMB. Last update 2023-09-30 par Sylvain Halgand.

Manufactured or assembled in Germany from (Circa) 1932 to (Circa) 1938.
Index of rarity in France: Frequent (among non-specialized garage sales)
Inventory number: 11776

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Chronology of cameras Voigtlander 

The Voigtlander Brillant was introduced in 1932. Heavily inspired by the 1929 Rolleiflex, it is not, however, a true reflex camera, as its two lenses are not coupled, and there is no focusing verification in the viewfinder. Consequently, its selling price is much more reasonable than that of the Rollei.
The initial models used the lens/shutter block from the early Bessa models. The Brillant had a long lifespan and underwent several successive modifications, the most significant being the transition from using metal to bakelite for the camera body. There are numerous variations, as various shutters and lenses were used.
Depending on the lens, the focus setting is achieved by selecting a marker: Portraits, Groups, or Landscapes, or by following a graduated scale. In the early models, the front lens is fixed, and you have to adjust an index. Later on, the front lens itself needs to be turned.
The camera features an image counter (initially underneath the camera, later on the back) and protection against double exposures.
The camera can take 12 shots of 6 x 6 on a 6 x 9 film roll (120 format).

In 1937, Voigtlander introduced a new model called the Brillant V6. Apart from being made of bakelite, it introduced several new features such as a sports viewfinder, automatic film stop, and a filter compartment. Simultaneously, another model, the Brillant S, positioned itself at the top of the range with coupled lenses, providing a true reflex view. In the center of the viewfinder image, there is a ground glass circle for fine-tuning sharpness. It has a direct vision finder in the cap, as well as a magnifier. A light meter is included with this model.

    Years (c.) TLR Shutter Lens   Focusing

Body made of metal
Brillant Agfa 1932-38 No Voigtlander (1/25, 1/50, B, T) Voigtar 7.7/75 mm Focus using markers
French version
No
Brillant Agfa 1932-38 No Voigtlander Voigtar 7.7/75 mm Focus using markers
French version
No
Brillant Agfa 1932-38 No Voigtlander Voigtar 7.7/75 mm Focus using markers
Polish version
No
Brillant Agfa 1932-38 No AGC Embezet (1/25, 1/50, 1/100, B, T + Timer) Voigtar 6.3/75 mm (3 lentilles) Focus using markers
British version
No
Brillant Agfa 1933-38 No AGC Embezet Voigtar 6.3/75 mm Focus using markers
French version
Yes
Brillant Agfa 1933-38 No F. Deckel Compur (1/300) Skopar 4.5/75 mm (4 lentilles) Graduated scale Yes
Brillant Agfa 1933-38 No F. Deckel Compur-Rapid (1/500) Skopar 4.5/75 mm Graduated scale Yes
Body made of bakelite
Brillant V6   1937-51 No AGC Singlo (Timer) Voigtar 6.3/75 mm    
Brillant V6   1938-40 No AGC Singlo (Timer) Voigtar 7.7/75 mm    
Brillant V6 Agfa 1938-40 No AGC Prontor II (Timer) Voigtar 4.5/75 mm    
Brillant V6 Agfa 1937- 38 No F. Deckel Compur Skopar 4.5/75 mm    
Brillant V6   1938-40 No F. Deckel Compur-Rapid Voigtar 4.5/75 mm    
Brillant V6 Agfa 1938-40 No F. Deckel Compur-Rapid Voigtar 3.5/75 mm    
Brillant V6   1950-52 No AGC Prontor II (timer) Vaskar 4.5/75 mm    
Brillant S   1938 Yes F. Deckel Compur Voigtar 4.5/75 mm    
Brillant S   1938 Yes F. Deckel Compur Voigtar 3.5/75 mm    
Brillant S Agfa 1938-? Yes F. Deckel Compur Skopar 3.5/75 mm    
Brillant S Agfa 1938-? Yes F. Deckel Compur-Rapid Heliar 3.5/75 mm    
Brillant S   1938-? Yes F. Deckel Compur-Rapid Skopar 3.5/75 mm    


In 1933, Photo-Porst catalogs mention a Voigtar 9/75 mm lens. In some English-speaking markets, the name "Brillant" is often referred to as "Brilliant."
Even after the production of the Brillant ceased, it continued to exist in the form of the Lubitel, a faithful Soviet copy, and many other similar cameras.

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The early models of Brillant have a fixed front lense. You have to rotate the crown around it to choose the shooting distance, indicated by three markers.

In this variant, the metallic parts are covered with a frosted paint.

This is a copy sold in a French-speaking country.

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