Germany 1940 – Compact – 35 mm – Very Rare.
The Robot II was introduced in 1938, a slightly larger camera than its predecessor the Robot I with some significant improvements but still using the basic mechanism.
A specific version was developed for the German intelligence service and military with 2 perpendicular viewfinders (one on the back and one on the side) allowing the camera to be hidden and used from within a suitcase for example. The clockwork mechanism allowed for up to 30 shots without needing to rewind. The German air force (Luftwaffe) used the Robot II as a bomb damage assessment camera, mounted in the tail of JU87 (Stuka) dive bombers.
The Robot II carries a part of WWII with it making it a fascinating collectible.