Neidig Perlux



Neidig Kamerawerk was based in Plankstadt and made cameras from 1949 till about 1953. This was the Perlux range with quite a distinct body design. The first model had a fixed lens, later ones had interchangeable lenses based on the Paxette m39 mount. The cameras were also sold as DeJUR and Bower in the USA.

Neidig Perlux

The first Perlux reached the market in 19449 and was a fairly simple viewfinder camera with wind knob and body-mounted shutter release. It had the name Perlux on the shutter plate as well as on its back. It was available with a range of lenses, but most commonly a Staeble Kataplast or Steinheil Cassar in Prontor-S shutter. Identical versiona were sold as Bower 35 and Adox 35, the name printed on the shutter plate. It had a little pin next to the wind knob that indicated if the shutter lock was released and the camera ready to shoot.

Neidig Perlux photo

A Neidig Perlux with what look to be non-original brass strap lugs. The wind knob also looks like it may have been a later replacement.

Adox 35 Neidig Perlux photo

Perlux rebranded as Adox 35. I am a little surprised that Adox rebranded this model, as it mostly produced its own cameras, whereas most rebranded cameras were distributed by photography retailers.

The Perlux IA similar to the later Perlux II and IIa, including a lever wind. It had an interchangeable Paxette lens mount.

DeJUR D-1 (Perlux Ia)

The 1952 DeJUR D-1 was a rebranded Perlux Ia, which had a new larger top housing and an interchangeable lens mount, the same m39 screw mount as Paxette cameras. It could thus use all lenses that were available for the Paxette range. The name DeJUR was prominently visible on front of the cameras top housing.
The wind lever needed two strokes to cock the shutter and transport the film. It would rather unusually spring back all the way over the top of the camera. The shutter was an unmarked Pronto.

DeJUR D-1 (Perlux Ia) photo

A DeJUR D-1 with interchangeable Staeble-Kata 45mm f/w.8 lens. Note the peculiar wind lever.

DeJUR D-3 (Perlux IIa)

The 1953 DeJUR D-3 was similar to the DeJUR D-1 but was equipped with a coupled rangefinder. The rangefinder and viewfinder were separate, the rangefinder provides an enlarged image for accurate focussing, the viewfinder was used for framing. The camera had therefore two eye pieces at the back. Like on the D-1, the shutter was a Pronto. It was a rebranded Perlux IIa. A Perlux II also exists, it had an uncoupled rangefinder with a distance dial mounted at the rear.

DeJUR D-3 (Perlux IIa) photo

A DeJUR D-3. The leatherette around the lens mount is missing, as it still needs some work, including rangefinder adjustment.

DeJUR D-3 (Perlux IIa) photo

The same DeJUR D-3 here with Staeble-Telon 85mm f.5.6 lens.

DeJUR D-3 (Perlux IIa) photo

DeJUR D-3 with top housing and lens mount removed. The brass pin sticking out the lens mount opening is the rangefinder link. The top housing has separate compartments for viewfinder and rangefinder.