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  Nixe Camera

The Nixe camera was manufactured by the Ica A.G. camera company of Dresden, Germany in from approximately 1910 to 1928. This pocket camera came in two sizes and was referred to in Ica catalogs as number 555 or model A and 595 or model B. Model A (555) was capable of taking pictures 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 inches in size and model B (595) took pictures 3 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches on roll film or glass plates. It was constructed of aluminum and covered in fine black grain leather. Features included a rising and falling front operated by a lever. The double extension black leather bellows extended 12 1/2 inches and automatically locked into place at infinity focus. It is equipped with an extra large brilliant finder that is collapsible, reversible and designed with the Ica indestructible metal mirror. A spirit level and two tripod sockets are also included. The Nixe was fitted with ether a Hekla double astigmatic F6.8 lens, a Carl Zeiss Amatar lens F6.8 or a Carl Zeiss Protar F7 lens. The shutter was a compound type capable of speed from one to 1/250 of a second, including time, bulb. Fitted with the Hekla lens the camera was priced at $52.00 and with a Carl Zeiss Amatar lens it was priced at $78.00 and with the Carl Zeiss Protar it was priced at $100. The camera measured 9 3/4 x 2 x 5 1/8 inches when closed and weighs 45 oz.

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