Camera, Aerial, Fritz Volk Handkammer HK12.5


Display Status:

This object is on display in the Boeing Aviation Hangar at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.

Camera, Aerial, Fritz Volk Handkammer HK12.5

Collection Item Summary:

This hand-held camera for low-level reconnaissance has a Schneider-Gottingen Xenon lens. Equipped with special color film, the camera was also used for spotting camouflage. Turning the right handle clockwise winds the film and cocks the shutter, which is finger tripped.

Collection Item Long Description:

Inventory Number


Physical Description

Gray color; lens cone dented; leather strap missing; lens by Schneider-Gottingen #44878; xenon 1:2, f=12.5 cm; some corrosion.

Credit Line

Gift of Stuart G. Newman.


Country of Origin



metal, glass, phenolic, rubber, wood, leather


  • Overall: 5 3/4 x 5in. (14.6 x 12.7cm)
  • Other (5 3/4 IN): 5 3/4 x 11 x 5in. (14.6 x 27.9 x 12.7cm)

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum