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Robot II, 35mm viewfinder Camera, with clockwork advance mechanism. (360° Rotational View only, see below for link to main page)
360 degree rotating image Robot II, vintage camera - all round view at 10° intervals.

Given the dreadful state this Robot II was in when saved, it's not looking too bad now. The Robot II is a solid little camera built to a high standard throughout the production run, this extending to the various derivatives. The pre 1950s cameras have flash contacts only suitable for bulbs, electronic flash (which doesn't have the 'ramp up' to full brightness of a bulb) was added later. The earlier Robot I had the viewfinder as an exposed unit and the spring winder knob was a different design, but this Robot II was taking it's styling cues from the Leica, as the black leatherette covered body and satin chrome top housing fashion took hold. The large central knob on top of the camera is the winder for the main spring. Tucked tight up to it is the shutter release, and slightly awkward to operate without fouling the film advance knob. As it rotates you will see the secondary viewing window, which allowed the user to view through the camera at 90º to the direction the camera was pointing, ostensibly for candid photography, but I suspect of doubtful usefulness.

Start the image spinning by putting your cursor over the "Spin" side of the image, you can pause the animation in any position by touching the "Pause" side.

 

360 view of Berning Robot II camera

 

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