Tropen Rio Model 5C Tropical Plate Camera
Tropen Rio cameras were manufactured by Orionwerk A.G. of Hannover, Germany, ca 1920. Made of teak and brass and with a good looking brown bellows, this is a handsome camera intended for use in tropical climates. This example is the model 5C which has a faster lens than the model 2C. It is equipped with a Carl Zeiss Tessar 15cm f4.5 lens and Compur shutter. Film format is 9x12cm. An interesting detail is the camera has a unique bayonet mount allowing the lens and shutter to be easily removed or interchanged.
Tropen Rio Side View
Tropen Rio Closed
There is a reflection across the lower portion of the camera in this photo. Overall the wood and brass are in very good condition.
Back of Camera
A small piece of leather is missing from the edge of the focusing hood.
A matching brass Orionwerk 9x12cm film pack adapter and the original leather case are included with the camera.
This camera was offered for sale/trade. It is no longer available.
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This page was updated December 18, 2001