Robot 1 – accessories

When the Robot 1 Camera was introduced in 1935 a lot of nice accessories were made available right from the start.

For example a lot of different filters for the Tessar lenses and for the Primotar lens. A tripod, a lens hood, “Filmschutzdosen” for the Type K film cartridge etc.

Some equipment/accessories are really hard to find these days.

Original Packaging

Original Packaging a Robot 1 Camera would usually be delivered in
inner view of the Original Packaging

A Tripod

transformable tripod: 3 tripod legs are being stored in the housing and had to be screwed to the top to trasnform it to a tripod

Leather Bags

a black leather Robot 1 bag
German version of the Robot 1 leather bag
English version of the Robot 1 leather bag made for export
a very rare brown Robot 1 leather bag

Type K “Filmschutzdosen” Cartridge Protective Film Cans

a Protective Film Can in which the Type K cartridge could be stored after usage in the camera – B = benutzt (used), and an U = unbenutzt (unused) on the other side

Type K Cartridge in Original Packaging

Type K cartridge in its original packaging

A Lens Hood

the small lens hood was made for the Meyer Görlitz and Zeiss Tessar lenses which were made accessible when the Robot 1 was released

Lens Filters

Proxar and Yellow Filter for the Meyer Görlitz Primotar lens
Proxar and UV Filter for The Zeiss Tessar lenses

Tessina L Camera – different versions at a glance – “noiseless”, “noise reduced” and “default”

The Tessina is a “cigarettes-package-sized” 35mm camera manufactured in Switzerland. It was commonly used by the Stasi due to its size.

Normally the film is advanced via a clockwork spring/spring motor. In this Video you’ll get to hear and see the different Versions of this camera.

Tessina offered a default version which was pretty loud and a noise reduced with nylon gears (used by MfS/Stasi/Watergate…) and a total noiseless version without a spring motor.