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Beirette VSN 2 Communist Camera SOLD

BEIRETTE VSN 2
PRODUCT ID: SF.100831

OVERVIEW
Beirette was a name applied to a long sequence of compact 35mm viewfinder camera models, made from 1958 to the 1980s in East Germany by Beier. There were also some folding Beirettes, made from 1939, but production apparently disappeared during WWII. Although the name stayed the same, various tweaks in the design were made. Several versions of this camera were sold by Boots, for example the Boots Beirette BL, or branded as Revue for export markets.

The VSN 2 is identical to the VSN except it is black, harder to find, and is made by (or with?) Carl Zeiss Jena. Both models were sold with a very handsome black tasche with red felt interior – Very Commie!

This camera is rare so I have problems finding sufficient information online (apologies). All I can say that it’s has a very nice communist look, and great for experimental photography – pictures can be quite crappy or quite brilliant! Lomo lovers will definitely love this.

To see sample images taken with the Beirette

TECHNICAL DETAILS

NAME Beirette VSN 2
MANUFACTURER Kamerafabrik Woldemar Beier KG – Freital, partially private East German company
YEAR OF MANUFACTURE 1970’s
FILM FORMAT 35mm
FOCUSING Scale focus
LENS Ludwig Meritar F2.8-22/45mm
FILTER SIZE NA
SHUTTER Priomat with speeds 30, 60, 125, and B
FLASH Hot shoe on top
TRIPOD MOUNT Standard Screw

AVAILABLE IN THE MADECINESHOP

DESCRIPTION

COSMETICS No signs of use or damage. MINT!
GLASS MINT!
MECHANICS PERFECT!
OTHERS Case and strap has some fine scratches but very nice.
OVERALL RATING 10/10
WHAT’S INCLUDED Camera, Case & Strap
PRICE SGD145 (Delivery to your doorstep is at no extra charge)
PRODUCT ID. SF.100831

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  1. dani
    10/04/2011 at 13:11

    Hi, may i know what batteries does it use and is it compatible with films used in holga cameras? Quite interested to get this but i’m clueless when it comes to film photography.

    • madecine
      10/04/2011 at 19:44

      Hi Dani,
      Thanks for your interest. The Beirette VSN 2 does not need any batteries. Like the Holga 135, the VSN 2 uses 35mm film which is easily available. It is also similar to the Holga 135 in many ways except for the upgrade in glass lens, adjustable aperture, and shutter speeds.

  2. Roobit
    05/03/2011 at 23:00

    Why is the camera Communist? Are you a Nazi or just a retard? Do you describe cameras in ideological terms?

    • madecine
      08/03/2011 at 14:06

      Hello Roobit,
      No offense intended by calling the Beirette “communist”. If you need a reason, here’s my attempt:
      The camera was produced in the Soviet zone of occupied Germany (GDR / DDR / East Germany) – A Socialist State ruled by the “Socialist Unity Party” (SED), which was formed in April 1946 out of a merger between the German Communist Party (KPD) and the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD). As Walter Ulbricht noted, everything was made to look democratic while in reality Communists retained control in the background.
      Communist or not remains debatable, but I hope this may help clear your doubts to whether I’m a retard. I can’t qualify as Nazi either for my skin is colored.
      Regards,
      Jaye Neo
      Madecineman

  3. gwen
    08/11/2010 at 12:14

    Hi may i know what is the different between BEIRETTE VSN 2 and Beirette VS?

    • madecine
      09/11/2010 at 00:20

      Hi Gwen,
      Thanks for your interest and comment. Besides their looks obviously, the VS is an earlier model with a metal body which is more solid and heavier compared to the VSN / VSN2 that are made of plastic. In terms of use and image quality, the VS and VSN 2 would be similar since they have the same lens. If you like the way the pictures turn out, you only need to decide whether you prefer a solid camera with a chrome body or a toy-ish plastic black one. 🙂

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