Film Holders for UMK 1318 Survey Camera

German Democratic Republic
Zeiss Ikon AG

12 film holders for use with UMK 1318 Universal Photogrammetric Camera, manufactured by Zeiss VEB, Germany, c.1975. Comes in a carrying case, marked 'Loaded 160NC'.

12 Film Holders for use with UMK 1318 Universal Photogrammetric Camera, manufactured by Zeiss VEB, Germany, c.1975.

This is a rare example of a camera designed for a specific industrial application – a photogrammetric camera used for surveying, architectural, civil engineering and aerial photography. A precision instrument made by the East German branch of Zeiss in about 1975 it is a late example of a large format camera designed to use sheet film or glass plates.

This particular camera was used between 1992 and 2008 by a company based previously in Harrogate and currently in York. Specialising in terrestrial photogrammetry, they used it for various heritage mapping projects to accurately map the historic buildings to every stone by obtaining the terrestrial imageries. Some of the specific projects this camera was used were; Harlech Castle, Conway Castle, Stirling Castle, Edinburgh Castle, Lincoln Cathedral, Carlisle Cathedral, York Minster, Winchester College.


Photographic Technology
Object Number:
metal (unknown), paint, plastic (unidentified), steel (metal)
overall (each holder, laid flat): 10 mm x 217 mm x 142 mm,
film holder
  • processes and techniques
  • measuring
  • photogrammetry
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • photographic equipment
  • camera component
Donated by David Gales

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