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Wuensche Apfi Universal
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Photos by AS text by AS. From the collection of Maison de la photo de St-Bonnet. Last update 2014-07-17 par Sylvain Halgand.

Manufactured or assembled in Germany from 1909 to 0.
Index of rarity in France: Rare (among non-specialized garage sales)
Inventory number: 11815

See the complete technical specifications
Chronology of cameras Wuensche 

Traduction de Pierre Yves Petit.

McKeown tells us that Wuensche is one of the manufacturers that took part into ICA.

This is a 13x18cm plate folding. There are two ID plates inside the camera: the first one states
"Emil Wuensche Dresden", the other one "Fabrique d’ébénisterie photographique Ancienne Maison Carpentier. J. Waillant successeur 18 bis rue Gasparin LYON". [Photographic woodworking factory, formerly Carpentier. J. Vaillant, successor 18 bis rue Gasparin LYON].

This is a high quality camera: the mahogany frame is covered in morocco leather. It has tilt and shift capabilities. The lens is a Doppel Anastigmat 1:6.8  N° 2 F= 180 mm E. Wünsche AG. Reick. The shutter is a compound Automat, with a piston that can receive a bulb release. Speeds are ranging from 1s to 1/100th plus B and T.
The camera has a double extension bellows, and there are two focusing scales. The finder is a sport finder, but it has a set of two mirrors enhancing the framing precision.

Wuensche Apfi Universal