Beier Beroquick


The Beroquick is the export version of the popular Beirette camera - an easy-to-use plastic camera from the German Beier factory. Among the huge East German optical production, there's one factory that produced a very simple and popular camera: the Beirette.

It was produced by Beier who made almost 2 million of them between 1974 and 1990 with some
variations and different names. To add a little bit of confusion, most of
the models produced since 1958 have the same name – simply “Beirette”. To understand why, let’s dig deeper into the history about the Beier factory.

“Beier Kameraindustrie” was created 1923 near of Dresden (Freital) and
made several box and folding cameras. After the 2nd World War, the
whole factory was dismantled by the Soviets and the remaining workers
tried to make some cameras with what was left. Come 1949, the
“Kamerafabrik Woldemar Beier” was re-established and produced the
Beirax II, a folding camera inspired by the pre-war models. The
factory worked well again and produced some great cameras, but when
Woldemar Beier died 1957, the East German state took control of
the factory.

Finally, Beier was integrated 1972 in the VEB Kamerawerk Freital (VEB
stands for “Volkseigener Betrieb” – meaning that the factory belongs
to the People, i.e. the socialist state). The purpose of the state
was to produce a simple and cheap 35mm camera for the “socialist

So, this little historical point explains that the “socialist era”
of Beier began really 1958, and that they turned into a “standardized
mass production” of almost the same Beirette cameras from the 1970’s
to the end of the factory 1990. The first Beirette of this standard
production was introduced 1974 and became later on the Beirette VSN
or, for the export version, the Beroquick KB135 (Vicuna’s camera).

This camera has a Meritar 2,8/45 lens with only 4 speeds (1/125, 1/60,
1/30 and B) and 7 different diaphragm settings from 2,8 to 22. The
focus ring on the front of the lens moves smoothly and goes from 0,6m
with precise positions until 2m (0,7-0,8-0,9-1,2-1,5m) and then
3-5-10m to infinity. The viewfinder is tinted in yellow and has
parallax correction marks. Proof that this camera was intended
for a popular use is that even if the technical indications of speed
and aperture are shown on one side of the lens, you have these 4 nice
weather icons on the top of the lens (for the aperture) and on the
other side the DIN/ASA settings (for the speed) – you don’t need a
specific knowledge to choose your speed and aperture, just follow the
weather icons and your film speed. You can use a flash on the
hotshoe with synchro at 1/30. It has a very simple mechanism; pictures are easy to make, because the settings are
limited and it’s a light weight plastic camera, but the whole
construction is superb. The setting rings make a precise “click” on each
position and the shutter position on the right side of the lens (like
all Beirette 35 mm cameras) is quick to use and perfect to shoot from
the hip and the camera is almost silent when you shoot.

Check out the doubles between Vicuna and Superlighter (who owns a Beirette VSN) in the gallery.


Review & Photos by Vicuna

Doubles with Superlighter

written by shhquiet on 2008-09-27 in #reviews


  1. adi_totp
    adi_totp ·

    love the 10th shot!! lovely doubles!

  2. dirklancer
    dirklancer ·

    13 is my favorite :)

  3. superlighter
    superlighter ·

    hey! what a great review you did on hour little babies!
    Bravo Stéphane!!

  4. camerao
    camerao ·

    bonsoire stéphane, checked out, what kind of Beirette it was, and found your great entry!
    Wonderful galery, I like 6 + 13 the most, and great investigation about the camera!

  5. mattcharnock
    mattcharnock ·

    i have one of these bad boys and they are rather cool - good reveiw!

  6. trychydts
    trychydts ·

    I am just about to buy a simliar camera, so this article came especially handy!

  7. jasminfish
    jasminfish ·

    I like #4!!! great article!!

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