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Certo Certotrop
France Version française
Photos by MM text by MM. From the collection of MM. Last update 2023-10-09 par Sylvain Halgand.

Manufactured or assembled in Germany from 1931 to (After) 1931.
Index of rarity in France: Rare (among non-specialized garage sales)
Inventory number: 1534

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Here's the English translation:

At first glance, this camera has a very technical appearance (one might say "high tech" nowadays). The smaller 6,5 x 9 format (the one in this copy) enhances this impression.

Small details like the model name engraved below the lens mount, the distance indicator plate, the horizontal shift knob, the black lacquered finish around the ground glass holder, and the embossed Certo emblem in the leather all contribute to giving the Certotrop a good quality finish. (That's my opinion...)

This folding plate camera was produced from 1927 in 6.5 x 9 cm, 9 x 12 cm, or 10 x 15 cm formats. It strongly resembles the Voigtländer Bergheil. The main feature is, as with the latter, the interchangeability of the shutter + lens assembly via a bayonet, although the operation may seem less smooth.

It also allows for vertical and horizontal shift using dials with markers.

The specimen presented dates back to 1933 and is equipped with a very bright Schneider Kreuznach Xenar lens of 105 mm, with an aperture of f/2.9, mounted on a Compur shutter offering B and T exposures, and speeds from 1s to 1/200th.

The Certotrop was also distributed in the United States under the name Certo Bee Bee, by the distributor Burleigh Brooks (hence the initials... B.B.!).

There was also the Certotrop Luxus with a body covered in brown leather, just like the bellows.

Certo Certotrop

Certo Certotrop

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