Zeiss Ikon 'Zeitlupe' high-speed camera

1935 in Dresden
Zeiss Ikon AG

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Zeiss Ikon Zeitlupe Model II high-speed cine camera
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Zeiss Ikon 'Zeitlupe' high-speed camera. Model II, manufactured by Zeiss Ikon AG , Dresden, Germany, 1935. Outfit comprises two camera bodies, spare mirror drum, tripod with two heads, 1000mm lens and power pack.

A Zeitlupe high-speed cine camera, Model II, made in 1935 by Zeiss AG in Dresden.

The Zeitlupe or 'time magnifier' camera used a combination of a rotating mirror drum and continuously moving film. The maximum speed was 1,500 frames a second. A full load of film (180 feet) lasted just two seconds. Zeitlupe cameras were used to record the V-bomb experiments carried out by the Germans at Peenemunde in the Baltic during the second world war.


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glass, metal (unknown) and wood (unidentified)
cine camera
  • tools and equipment
  • equipment by process
  • image making equipment
  • camera (function)

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