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                                                                         Nizo cameras  8 mm
Nizo Heliomatic 2 x 8 mm Model S2R  1955  - 4 cameras;                Cine Nizo 8E - A;              Cine Nizo 8E - B;               Nizo AK 1x8 mm 1949;
   Nizo Heliomatic Model Trifo 2x8 mm 1959


  Nizo Heliomatic 2 x 8 mm Model S2R  1955
The camera was made by Niezoldi & Krämer G.m.b.H. Fabrik für Schmalfilmapparate, München 38 Germany  US-Zone.
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The body of the camera is made of die cast aluminium alloy and nicely finished in crystalline green paint with chrome plated trimmings. The camera is for double-eight film, fitted with two lenses  focal length ½ in. (12,5 mm) and 1½ in. (37,5 mm). Both lenses being coupled with the built in photo electric exposure meter (Pict 2 at the viewfinder window). Lever provided on the lower lens mount, enables both lenses to be set simultaneously. By shifting the lever the two pointers visible in the view finder are caused to coincide. By means of this manipulation the diaphragm openings of both lenses are set correctly.
 - The photo electric exposure regulator (Pict 2 below front viewfinder window) can be adapted to: 1. the film speed; 2. the frame frequency of the spring movement. The camera features: 
- Lenses: Rodenstock-Euron München No 28322781; 1: 2,8 f=37,5 mm (bottom one); Rodenstock-Euron München  dunst 1x haze; All lenses in these cameras are coated. 
- Filming Speed: 8; 18; 32; 64 per second; Normal filming; Continuous filming by depressing the release button and turn it anti clockwise in order to have the lug of the button arrested by the milled recess; Single frame release  to take single pictures it has to be screw cable release (supplied Pict 1) into nipple, provided below release button (Pict 2) ; 
- Film sprocket drive mechanism  Picture 4; 
- Telescopic type direct and right angle view finders (Pict 2 in far away distance corner). The direct viewfinder makes an automatic magnifying adjustment when changing from standard to telephoto lens. The direct viewfinder can be set for desire distance. After the subject distance has been established, set the direct vision viewfinder by rotating the knob provided below the eyepiece on the back of the camera; 
- Film rewind attachment (below the speed selector) for double exposure, dissolves, etc.  when the footage indicator has reached the red mark between black and green marks on the footage indicator (Pict 3). The hand crank is supplied with the camera (Pict 1); 
- Camera uses 2 x 8 mm daylight loading film spools holding 25 ft (7½ meters). For complete exposure, films of this type must pass the camera twice, one half being exposed at a time.                    - Accessories:
 - Original Nizo leather bag  Model B in brown colour; (Model C with zip-fastener);
- The metal grip  not original;
- 2 Instruction books; 
-The Nizo Filter box, without filters; 
-Two cables release.
Serial production number: 729334.
   Nizo Heliomatic 8mmNo729334Garantie ;15%
Picture 5
The guarantee certificate, with the serial production number of the camera, is included to our camera  Picture 5.


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    Nizo Heliomatic 2 x 8 mm Model S2R  1955
The camera features are the same as the first description, except: Lenses: Rodenstock-Euron No 3278561 Made Western Germany; 1: 2,8 f=37,5 mm A; Rodenstock-Heligaron No 35223; 1: 1,5/ 12,5 mm A: The lenses caps made by Schneider Optic Kreuznach; The Photographic Blue Book 196061 edition priced the cameras with these kind of lenses (Rodenstock-Euron and Rodenstock-Heligaron)  £96, 18, 3 (96 pounds and 18 shillings and 3 pence) when with Rodenstock-Euron and Rodenstock-Ronar lenses  £84, 16, 5 (84 pounds and 16 shillings and 5 pence) only. Below winding key is only embossed: Made in Germany. No accessories supplied with the camera, only two instructions 
 - Instruction for Nizo Heliomatic: 
       - 2 x 8 Mod, S2R as a graphic instruction; Nizo Projector Lucia Mod.II; Nizo Projector Familia 500;              - How to film with the Nizo Heliomatic 2x 8 model S2R and Cine Nizo 2x 8 model S2T. 
 - Original Nizo leather bag, Model B in gray colour.
Serial production number: 752181


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  Nizo Heliomatic 2 x 8 mm Model S2R  1955

The camera features are the same as the first description. As was described above, and visible in the picture, the lenses are mounted on a slide which enables them to be moved into the filming position in a second. During this operation the viewfinder is automatically adjusted to match the lens in use.  Lenses: Rodenstock-Euron München No 2312452; Rodenstock-Ronar München No 2303302; 1: 1,9 f= 12,5 mm A; G.Rodenstock lens caps. The camera is in an original Cine Nizo leather case and hand crank is supplied with the camera.

Serial production number: 700988


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   Nizo Heliomatic 2 x 8 mm Model S2R  1955

The camera features are nearly the same as the first description. When we bought the camera the photo cell exposure meter was detached. The adjusting knob for the camera and film speed was removed as well.  Lenses: Rodenstock-Euron No 2299197 Made Western Germany; 1: 2,8 f=37,5 mm A; Rodenstock-Ronar München No 2303163; 1: 1,9 f= 12,5 mm A; G.Rodenstock lens caps. Accessories:  Hand crank;  Settings of close up lenses: 25; 50; 100;  Adapter with orange filter made by: Kodak Series IV Adapter Ring No 43 Made in USA;  Instruction for S2R and S2T Nizo Heliomatic 2 x 8 mm cameras;  and original Cine Nizo leather bag.
Serial production number: 700654


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  Nizo Heliomatic Model Trifo 2x8 mm  1959
The camera, made by Niezoldi & Krämer G.m.b.H. Fabrik für Schmalfilmapparate, has the same features as the first description of Nizo Heliomatic 2 x 8 S2R, on this page. In the leaflet  “Program 196061”, published by the company (in our collection), the camera was described as a new camera in Nizo Heliomatic series for 1959 year of the production. A newer version of this camera  model Trifo 8A  was presented at the International Exhibition “Photokina”, in November 1960 as a “development of the parent model on which the lowest lens (Pict 1) on the sliding turret has been made interchangeable (with the special mount); to allow of this, the coupling to the Semiautomatic exposure meter has had to be dropped for this lens only. The main reason for the change is to make possible the use of special purpose lenses, such as extremely long focal focus telephotos, and lenses which can be focused from infinity to very close distances, and thus allow macro work to be carried out” ACW January 1961 edition. Pict 1,2,3. Obviously, positive finder elements are to be available for the Trifo version to much the various objectives. In the “Program 196061” it was announced that: “Five different lens sets are here for selection Nizo Heliomatic Trifo has no interfering boundary line in the viewfinder, as a Special viewfinder lens is arranged on a turret for each focal length; it automatically brings in position during change of objectives”.
Measurements of the camera are  60x125x158; weight 1650 gram. This new version of the Nizo Heliomatic  Trifo  is fitted with a few new features. The film chamber has the same construction as Nizo Heliomatic 2 x 8 S2R model.
New features: 
- The large viewfinder system consists of a turret with the three viewfinder lenses  described above;  - Exposure selector  film speed and frame/sec speed are coordinated. This feature is not visible in other film cameras.
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Pict 4; Nizo Heliomatic Trifo, in our collection; viewfinder, exposure selector; Pict 5; Side with the same tools as Nizo Heliomatic  the model above  Pict 3 © Anna Vacani

- The camera is fitted with 3 lenses. 
- The body construction slightly changed. The camera’s handle is incorporated into the camera body  (Pict.6). 
Lenses in our camera: Rodenstock-Heligaron TR 1:1,6 f=6,5 mm, Nr 4209307  top lens with the hood; Schneider Kreuznach Xenon 1:1,5/13 Nr 5486604 made in West Germany  middle lens, it is focusing; Schneider Kreuznach Xenon 1:2,8/38 Nr 5429562, made in West Germany  bottom lens, it is focusing as well. All lenses are marked in feet and meters. Our camera is with the original leather gray Nizo case, which at the bottom is embodied  “Made in West Germany” (Pict 7).
This model was described in “The photographic Blue Book” 1960-1961. It was priced  £ 159 and 16 sch and 0d; and with focusing Schneider Xenon lenses (as our lenses) it was priced  £ 175 and 2 sch and 4d. It is only model with exposure selector as an additional feature of the camera.
The Nizo Heliomatic Trifo can have an additional device to apply. It is the closest focusing distances device named  Nizo Proxirect. It is used for shooting at distances of 20 cm to 1 m. It can be mounted on the top of the lenses slide.
 Nizo Heliomatic 8 Trifo micro ; 8% Pict 8; Nizo Heliomatic Trifo, with Nizo Proxirect in the Nizo leaflet.
It appears that a modern feature of photography  macro pictures  was initiated over half a century ago.
Serial production number: 107259


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Pict 1;lens for macro or portraits pictures, Nizo Heliomatic Trifo leaflet - in our collection

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Pict 2; normal lens suitable for close up pictures and poor lightening conditions; Nizo Heliomatic Trifo leaflet - in our collection

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 Pict 3; Wide angle lens; Nizo Heliomatic Trifo leaflet - in our collection

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Nizo Heliomatic Trifo, in our collection; with the handle and cable release;© Anna Vacani

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Pict 7; Nizo Heliomatic Trifo, in our collection; with the original case;© Anna Vacani






   Cine Nizo 8E 2 x 8 mm Model A 1933
The camera was made by Niezoldi & Krämer G.m.b.H. Fabrik für Schmalfilmapparate, München 38 Germany, as the models described above. Presumably it was the first 8 mm camera in Europe. Model 8E was produced in three versions  A; B; C.
Pict 1; Nizo instruction for A, B, C, versions.
They were all slightly deferent. Main features of the camera remained the same. The camera uses 2 x 8 mm daylight loading film spools holding 25 feet (7 1/2 meters) of film. For complete exposure, films must pass the camera twice, one half being exposed at a time. The spring motor fully wounded up, the movement will be capable of exposing approximately 8 feet (3 meters) of film. Measurements of the camera: L 125 x W 54 x T 123; weight 1100 gram. The camera is very elegantly finished. Our camera is in a very mint condition. The camera came with the box, but it is not original. Construction and finish
The camera body is of die casting aluminium alloy. It is covered by black leather. The metal elements, fitted on the camera, are nickel (?) nice plated. On the top of the camera is fitted a leather handle, model A does not have any embodied words. On the side of the body are embossed two words “Cine” and “8E”.
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           Pict 3, 4; Nizo 8E version A; Left side; © Anna Vacani
In the base of the camera is built in a continental tripod bush. The camera features: 
   - Optical system
 lens: LAACK Anastigmat Polixentar 1:1,3, f=1,25 cm D.R.P. a. No 270332. It is interchangeable lens, not coated; at that time blooming was not in use yet.
Viewfinder: The camera is supplied with three optical viewfinders: the telescopic direct viewfinder fitted at the back of the camera; Viewfinder for shots close to the earth  fitted on the top of the camera; and side viewfinder for unnoticed shot  a “spy viewfinder” (Pict 5). 
 -External features:
On the front and the right side to Model 8E version A are placed:
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Pict 5: Nizo 8E version A; © Anna Vacani         Pict 6; Nizo 8E version A; © Anna Vacani
The footage meter is in metric units, it indicated 7 1/2 meter;
The speed control  8; 16; 32; 64 per second;
The release button: The camera can run: Normal filming; Continuous filming is possible when is attached to the release button a special pushbutton and turned anticlockwise; single frame release. To take single pictures screw cable release into nipple provided below run button (Pict 7, 8). The attachment is supplied with our Cine Nizo 8E model: B:
            Nizo Cine-Nizo 8e A&B; 8%                                                      Nizo Cine-Nizo 8e A&B; acc 8%
Pict 7, 8; Nizo 8E version B left picture; A &B right Pict; push button © Anna Vacani
Type of film loading and transit mechanism
Place reel of film on right hand shaft (Pict 9), be sure that film is paid out in clockwise direction. Pull out knob and swing guide roller arm away from sprocket (Pict 10). Thread film along side of guide plate and between sprocket and guide roller arm. Engage the film perforation into upper and lower rows of sprocket teeth. Return guide roller arm towards sprocket until knob snaps into position. Pull back the pressure pad (Pict 9) and insert the film into duct until upper edge of film slips beneath two tabs. On either side of film duct, form film loops as indicated by markings in the chamber. Remove empty reel from left shaft (Pict 11) and swing left guide roller and repeat procedure of threading film as it was on right side. Fold in approximately one inch of film and insert end into slot of hollow reel hub. Depress release button for a second and check mechanism for proper functioning. Length of film loops should remain unchanged; Film should move freely through film duct; Both reels should rotate in a clockwise direction.
Reversing the film reel: when the footage indicator has reached the black mark after indicated 7 1/2 number, remove and reverse the film reel for the second run. Remove the empty reel from right shaft and the full reel from left shaft. Reverse the full reel; insert the reel for the second time repeating the same threading as with first half of the film.
Film returning attachment: this feature is intended for lap-dissolves or for blending titles into a scene after exposure. After exposing a scene for the first time, remove the small cover (Pict 5) marked “Trick” and place the hand crank on the shaft extension (see hand crank at Heliomatic camera above), push advance button to stop the spring movement (Pict 4). Place the cap over the lens to exclude stray light during returning of the film. Rotate the crank in anti clockwise direction. Each full turn of the crank will return the film by one frame. There are 80 frames in one foot of film. During this procedure the shutter will be closed. After the action removed the crank and lens cover. When the film is returned, the footage indicator will also be returned. We do not have the hand crank with this model.
Serial production number: 84683


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    Pict 2; Nizo 8E version A;© Anna Vacani

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Nizo 8E version A; © Anna Vacani
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Pict 10; Nizo 8E version A; roller guide © Anna Vacani

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Pict 11; Nizo 8E version A; chamber; © Anna Vacani






   Cine Nizo 8E 2 x 8 mm Model B 1933
The camera 8E version B came very soon after version A, Ca.1936. The changes which were made to the camera are not substantial. We can name them as cosmetic changes. We can see these changes on these pictures  Version A and B:
 Nizo Cine-Nizo 8e A&B; acc 8%  Nizo Cine-Nizo 8e A&B; side 1 8%
Pict 2, 3; Nizo 8E version A & B; © Anna Vacani
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                           Pict 4;                                          Pict 5; Nizo 8E version A & B; © Anna Vacani
Nickel nice plated elements are applied on the camera version A (v) on the version B (x) painted with black lacquer.
On the left side of the camera was changed a description: the A version, on the side of the body are embossed two words: “Cine” and “8E” (see Pict 3, - version A), when the version B is embossed “Nizo 8E” (Pict 4)
 In the interior of the camera we can see a small change in the shape of the sprocket mount.
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Pict 6; Nizo 8E version A & B chamber; © Anna Vacani      
Our camera, version B is fitted with Hugo Meyer & Co Görlitz Nr 785461 Kino Plasmat 1:1,5 f=12,5 mm. This camera has two accessories: lens cup for film rewinding and push button for continuous run. Both cameras have the original Nizo spools. The model description is a little different, at the bottom in the chamber; version A is  “Cine Nizo 8E Fabr. Nr”; and version B  “Cine Nizo 8E Nr”. It does not have the word “Fabr”. The description at the top is the same in both chambers “Cine Nizo 8”. Our camera has an original case with embodied logo of Cine Nizo. Both cameras is fitted with a continental tripod bush. Some of this version is fitted with an external viewfinder on the left side of the camera door.
Version C was produced in 1937. This version is described in a Polish catalogue, published in April 1937.
This version is easy to recognize, because the description in the chamber specifies the version  Pict 7.
This version does not have a few elements: on the right side is not fitted film returning attachment; in the front of the camera is not applied the nipple for cable release; on the left side is not visible the spool rewind button, on this side the embodied letters at the bottom are the same as in version A, but at the top is word “Nizo”.
Serial production number 114843


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    Pict 1; Nizo 8E model B; © Anna Vacani












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               Pict 7; Nizo 8E version C






   Nizo AK 1x8 mm 1949
The camera was built for people, who like to travel. The camera is fitted into special designed case,
which lets a tourist make a him without effort. It is in ever ready case. The camera does not have many features for very sophisticated pictures. It is an unusual camera that it takes Agfa Movex and Gevaert single 8 cassettes. It has similarities to the Agfa Movex angle 8 camera. It is not common to find.

The camera body is of de casting aluminium alloy with grey-green wrinkle finish. It is a small camera with dimensions: 12, 5 x 8, 5 x 4, 5 on; weight 961 gram.
The camera was built for the German market; it has only German description and continental tripod
It takes 10 meters 8 mm film. It indicates in German language, on the camera side.
The clockwork driven camera is running at 16 fps.
Features of the camera
- adjustable film counter (10 meters), below the film counter is given an instruction - before inserting the cassette move the footage counter on position "10”, the number 10 is in red colour;
- Two viewfinders (side and direct); the unique feature of viewfinder - It has a pull up masking plate for telephoto lens on the front face of the viewfinder (above the Nizo plate)
- Run button with continuous filming, single picture and locked; the button has a red arrow indicates a chosen feature.
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                                Pict 3, 4, 5; Nizo AX 1x8 mm; © Anna Vacani
- lens - Steinheil Cassar 1:2,5; f=1.25 cm; VL. No 575284;
We do not have the original cassette.
Serial production number: 60682


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   Pict 1; Nizo AK  1x8 mm in the original  Cine Nizo case; © Anna Vacani






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