I knew virtually nothing about the Foth-Derby except that a friend of mine had one and found the camera intriguing. When one became available at a price too good to pass up, I snapped up this little 127 viewfinder camera.

The Derby feels well built, except for the viewfinder which looks like it would be easy to snap off. The winding motion to cock the shutter takes some practice as the mechanism is not ratcheted and must be wound completely before locking in place.

The cloth shutter on this particular camera is a little loose resulting in a tiny gap during winding. A hand over the lens is an easy, if also easily forgettable, work around.

Make Foth C.F.
Model Derby Type 3
Year 1935 – 1939
Format 127
Shutter Cloth Focal Plane
Speed B, 25, 50, 75, 100, 200, 500, self-timer
Lens Foth Anastigmat
f3.5 50mm
Focus 3.5ft – ∞
Aperture f3.5 to 18
Light Meter No
Rangefinder No