The Fellsphoto Vintage 6x9 Gallery

    1933 Voigtländer Inos II with 10.5cm f4.5 Skopar lens and 3-speed Embezet shutter


birches by track, New Forest sunset behind pine tree, Rochford Common, New Forest Gael and Cassie at end of walk St Wendreda's Church spire brich trunk lit by setting sun, New Forest
NewForest track New Forest sunset Gael and Cassie St Wendreda's Church birch trunk, New Forest



The wonderful piece of engineering that is the Inos II focussing mechanism:


The front standard automatically slides forward when the camera is opened.

The upper knob is the film winder. The lower one is for focussing. Turning it operates this rack and pinion mechanism.


The rack's arm connects to a chain which in turn controls how far the lens assembly moves out when the camera is opened.

This allows the focus to be set before the camera is opened. The rack and pinion mechanism was used in the later 1936 Bessa Rangefinder.


Inos II (1933-35)
Dual-format folding bed camera 6 x 9 / 4,5 x 6. Front standard automatically slides open (a similar camera
got on the market in 1932 as a version of the Zweiformat Bessa);

focusing through knob on body can be done before opening the camera
Skopar/Heliar 4,5/105 (6 x 9)

There was also an uncommon 6,5x11 version with f4.5 118mm Skopar or Heliar lens.

(detail picture of back release catch on the 'How do I use .....' page: link below)


This site lists the Inos I as 1931-33 and the Inos II as 1933-35. 1933 serial numbers start at 671,174 : 1934 starts with 803220.

So, this camera, with its lens s/n 783974, dates to October 1933.


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Inos II with Compur shutter (right side)



New addition Nov.8th, 2010:  Inos II with 8-speed Compur shutter

Skopar no. 911714 dates to 1934 near the end of production

Much cleaning and polishing was needed and it has sadly lost chrome from the extending arm. The Voigtlander embossed leather panel at top was close to detaching itself so needed re-gluing. But the lens is clear and the shutter works and sounds correct at all speeds with the 1 second being about right as judged by my watch.  Actual shutter speeds to follow. Optimism high that this will prove to be a competent worker.



Inos II with Compur shutter (left side)




Its predecessor: not the Inos I but the 1932 Bessa

For years I believed the camera at right was an Inos I. I was wrong. The first Inos was launched in 1930 to sell alongside the original Bessa and the Rollfilm and was, in effect, a dual-format Rollfilm. The camera seen at right, with all its fittings, in particular the unique wire-frame film wind knob and the lever-action closure system, was named as the third incarnation of the Bessa. As the Inos II was launched in the same year we can see that these distinctive design features were Voigtländer's new look for 1932.

It's clear that the body and large folds bellows derive from the Rollfilm. However, the wire frame finder is gone, replaced by the frame finder on the body, in which a mask can be seen telling us that this camera is dual format. Distance markings on the front, presumably aligned to the red arrow indicator, suggest that it has front cell focussing. This will be replaced on the ' II ' with the focussing knob with its chain linkage.

But two classic Inos features are there: the decorative film wind knob and the spring loaded hinged arm that causes the front standard to slide forward automatically when the camera is opened.

All the models and their variants can be seen here:

link to Voigtlander collection


127 Perkeo

original 1931 Perkeos typically sell for £90-120, although one in March 2008 went for £270


Inos I


This picture of the Inos II's predecessor was taken from an German ebay sale in Feb '08 and, at the time, was the only one I'd ever seen. This suggests that these are uncommon, if not rare. (Of the true Inos I I've only ever seen one, which suggests that's even rarer.) Many more ' II's ' and even the rare 127 Perkeo (left) are seen. Despite it's rarity it sold for only €35 (£26).

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Since the above was written in 2008 no more were seen until 2010 when no less than three were listed on ebay, two in the UK, one in Germany.  Of the UK two, the one good condition made an astonishing £75, the other, in poor condition, £22.50. This one (below) the German example, was the best of the three and sold for €33.61 (£28):


Inos I (£28 in 2008)


and finally the (long!) answer to a forum question:

How do I use an old Voigtlander Inos II?

thumbnail: Inos II

(including, with photo, how to open it!)

red arrow - link to Voigtlander CollectionGael - link to Voigtlander Collection

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