Camera industry in Dresden
Balda | Certo | Eho-Altissa | Ernemann | Feinmess | Hüttig | ICA | Ihagee | Kochmann | Kerman | KW | Eugen Loeber | Ludwig | Mentor | Mimosa | Pentacon | Richter | Werner | Wünsche | Zeiss Ikon | Zeh
Camera distributors in Dresden
Camera industry in Freital
Beier | Pouva | Thowe | Welta

Kamera-Werk C. Richter[1] Tharandt[2] is the new name, adopted in 1932, of the company Camera-Werk Merkel, founded in 1900. It was based in Tharandt, Germany, and produced the Reflecta TLR from about 1933. After the war, this company was succeeded by Lipca in Barntrup, West-Germany and by an East German company called Reflecta Kamera-Werke Tharandt from 1946 to 1948 then simply Kamera-Werk Tharandt from 1948 to 1950.[3]

The East-German company was merged into Welta in 1950 to form VEB Welta-Kamera-Werk. This company made the Reflekta II. VEB Welta in turn became part of the large VEB Kamera- und Kinowerk Dresden in 1959, a state owned conglomerate of East-German cameramakers that was to become VEB Pentacon in 1964.

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  1. There was maybe another camera company called Richter, possibly a distributor from the beginning of the 20th century: a plate engraved H. RICHTER Berlin, Optische Centrale, Spittelmarkt has been reported on a magazine box camera taking 9×12cm film plates, that has some similarity with cameras made by Ernemann.
  2. According to this page at, the word "Tharandt" was part of the full name. Other sources, including McKeown and this page of are ambiguous on this point.
  3. According to this page at This page of mentions one name only: "VEB Reflecta Kamerawerk Tharandt", and says that this company only existed in 1946, probably by mistake. McKeown only mentions "Kamera-Werk Tharandt" for the period running from 1946 to 1950.


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