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#1 klitton

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Posted 05 October 2008 - 20:23

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Hello,

Does anyone know when the first German “Camera Bag” was introduced? Would it have been in the 1940's or 50's? I’ve been looking for a period camera bag for my Leica IIIc (late 40's) but have found nothing, not even the mention of camera bags of the 1940's era.

Information on a Leica bag would be good but any German camera bag will do.

#2 luigi bertolotti

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Posted 05 October 2008 - 21:27

If you mean "bag" in the sense of a bag with several compartements for body, lenses etc... to be carried on shoulder, I do not think Leitz made such equipment in the '40s-'50s; they made , at that times some wonderful rigid "combination cases" of fine leather : I have one - EKOOZ - for a IIIc (and other contemprary bodies), 6 lenses, hoods, filters and other accessories. Then, of course, there were a number of leather ever-ready cases (ESNAR, ESFUS, EXOOM, EGIOO...), each one for a specific configuration (camera with a certain lens, with or without meter, ext. finder etc...). They can be found with no great difficulty in the user marketplaces.

#3 klitton

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Posted 05 October 2008 - 21:59

What can anyone tell me about this bag? Posted Image

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Posted 05 October 2008 - 22:05

What can anyone tell me about this bag?


It's small.
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#5 klitton

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Posted 05 October 2008 - 22:10

Sorry. I don't have a larger photo.

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Posted 05 October 2008 - 22:25

Ok, here we go.


http://i77.photobuck...1_sbl_no2-1.jpg

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Posted 05 October 2008 - 22:38

Well, I wouldn't trust my leica gear to such a bag...

#8 klitton

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Posted 05 October 2008 - 22:47

I would just like to know what period it is from or anything that I can find out about it. It looks pretty old and appears to be, I say appears to be an original Leica bag but I have no way of telling. It looks like it made of canvas with leather accents and has deviders inside.

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Posted 05 October 2008 - 23:04

Just like buses, you don't see any for ages then two come along at once!!!

http://www.l-camera-...camera-bag.html

Why the interest in a 'classic' bag though? If you want something traditional looking try a beige Billingham.
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Posted 06 October 2008 - 00:10

Just curious about around what year camera bags were first put into use. Saw this on ebay and it just got me thinking about what professional photographers used to carry all of their equipment around in way back when. I think it’s a nice looking bag but Ron is correct, I wouldn’t carry my camera and lenses ect. around in this but it might be nice for film, filters and other small items.

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Posted 06 October 2008 - 00:18

Well, I wouldn't trust my leica gear to such a bag...


Why?

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Posted 06 October 2008 - 00:18

Well the famous war photograher Roger Fenton knocked up this little holdall for his gear;

Photography Wagon

I've seen the Leica cases Luigi mentions, hard brown leather briefcase style with red velvet lining. They come up on e bay from time to time.
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Posted 06 October 2008 - 02:16

What did the Kriegsberichter's used during WWII? These guys had to use some kind of bag, especially with all of the other gear they had to carry.

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Posted 06 October 2008 - 05:03

This 'bag' is from early 1950's and is a good indication for what early Leica compartment cases were like. Many types were made, most in a flat style with an opening top for numerous camera/lens/accessory combinations.

Sorry for the small picture - my desktop hard drive crashed a couple of days ago and I am running on 'quarter power' only, on my old laptop.

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#15 luigi bertolotti

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Posted 06 October 2008 - 07:21

This 'bag' is from early 1950's and is a good indication for what early Leica compartment cases were like. Many types were made, most in a flat style with an opening top for numerous camera/lens/accessory combinations.

Sorry for the small picture - my desktop hard drive crashed a couple of days ago and I am running on 'quarter power' only, on my old laptop.

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That ought to be the EKOOZ I quoted in my post - 6 lenses (including 90 & 135), exactly as mine: absolutely a superfine construction... but almost impossible to be carried in a practical way.

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Posted 06 October 2008 - 15:23

...... absolutely a superfine construction... but almost impossible to be carried in a practical way......


Very true.

Luigi - this outfit is actually absolutely historically correct: all equipment is in the correct years of manufacture (+ or - one year) corresponding to the IIIf. I could post a few more pictures of these accesory cases, it used to be one area of my collecting interest but, have to wait for my hard drive to be re-surrected......

In response to 'klitton's' query: I don't think that the Kriegsberichter ever carried a case like this - he'd be a dead man before he could find that 90mm Elmar.....

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Posted 06 October 2008 - 15:44

You are correct there. They were solders first and correspondents second so they had all the equipment the other men had plus. Wonder how they carried all of their Leica gear?

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Posted 06 October 2008 - 15:48

doubice, BTW, Nice case!

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Posted 06 October 2008 - 17:56

"but almost impossible to be carried in a practical way"

With a kit like that one would have ones man to carry it at a respectful distance behind.

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Posted 06 October 2008 - 18:18

Would it have been in the 1940's or 50's?

Hi,
The best of all old bags were the Benser Bags!
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