Recently I have bought in Germany a so-called Reisekamera (13x18cm), which is generally considered to be the predecessor of the field camera. It looks like an Eugen Loeber (Dresden) from about 1895, however, some of the details are different. There is for instance no brand identification plate and also the knob for rise and fall of the lens is located at the other side than what I have seen from other Eugen Loeber cameras. The lens is a Zeiss Tessar, B. Krauss Paris, 210mm/f6.3 which has been made only after 1902, which suggests that the camera is also from the start of the last century. All these facts make clear that I will have to do more research if I want to get at the facts of its history.
- Reisekamera on Camerapedia.org
- Field Camera, on WikiPedia
- A picture of probably an Eugen Loeber Reisekamera on Flickr
Added November 23, 2011: Recently I learned that my "Reisekamera" has all the characteristics of a Ernemann Berry (Dresden).