Links - Tessina

Most of the online references to the Tessina have been created in recent years and clearly based upon a few original posts, William White's book and Jerry Friedman's articles replicating the errors.

More information (including photos) is available from the following web pages which feature Tessina cameras:

Stephen Gandy's CameraQuest pages on the Tessina

Spy Camera: A Century of Detective and Subminiature Cameras
By Michael Pritchard and Douglas St. Denny now archives

SubClub - :  (in German)

Crypto Museum Number 4 Tessina

For discussion of Tessina camera, accessories and techniques

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Buying a Tessina

Tessina cameras were available new or reconditioned from the US representative:

55 Years

formally of 155 East 55th Street, New York, NY 10022
Tel: +1 (212)303-0004  Fax: +1 (212)303-0005
New Tessinas were guaranteed for life plus reincarnations; at a cost of $1,799.

Average prices for used 35L models with finders seem to be $550-700; Automatics a bit more, and originals a bit less. A complete overhaul from Heitz Service was $300-400.

Karl Heitz, aged 90 died on January 26, 2005 after an illness of six months. Born in Kreuzlingen, Switzerland. A dear friend of many. He owned and managed in New York until his death Heitz Service Corp., in business since 1947 an active European importer, distributor in servicing of Alpa, Tessina, Robot and Kinoptik photographic equipment. He was an important member of the Swiss community of New York. Published in the New York Times on 1/28/2005.

Following the demise of Karl Heitz and dwindling demand forced the closure of Heitz Service Corp. in spring 2005.

Servicing has been undertaken by Radu of 3Rcamera, based in Queens, NY, Phone number  is 718-463-8217. 3R Camera Service, Flushing, New York

Used Tessinas are available from many dealers:- 

KEH seems to have the best selection of both cameras and accessories ( 

Pacific Rim Cameras (

Brooklyn Camera Exchange ( also tend to have good selections. 

836 Willis Ave. Albertson, N.Y. 11507  U.S.A.

Processing Tessina Film

TESSINA 35mm Kodak Tri-X, Ektacolor and Ektachrome films can be processed anywhere.

For enlargement a special mask is required. For slides, special slide mounts are required and available to fit 30x30mm 110 and Minox projectors and several versions for 50x50mm standard projectors. Gepe 50x50mm glass slides are excellent quality.

Labs for Processing and Enlarging TESSINA films:

check first before sending off precious film to make sure the labs still offers the service.

Leonard Conkling
16725 NE Pacific Dr., Portland, OR 97236
Tel: +1 (503)252-1257 : Fax +1 (503)254-4658

Kamhi Kolor 222 E. 44 St. 3rd fl., New York, NY 10017 
Tel: +1 (212)867-6154 : Fax + 1 (212)296-0226

Time Life Photo Lab., 1271 6th Avenue, New York, NY 10020 
Tel: +1 (212)522-2020 : Fax +1 (212)522-0974

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