............all my leicas have lenses on them, sadly my alpa has not. I've found a adapter for the alpa to match it to some cheapo lens so at least the body is closed now, but i can't say i'm happy with it and i'm still waiting for a nice alpa mount killfit 50macro to come along wich hasen't happened for the last 30 years and i suppose will never happen either.
Unfortunately the Alpa macro 50 was the Kern Switar, so the Kilfitt will not arrive anytime soon. Their shorter focal length 40mm though should be available -at a price.
You already have a stopgap lens solution, so do not despair. Alpa never made any optics, - their quality obsession did ensure the best contemporary lens crop, and the genuine ones are usually engraved "Alpa" beside the makers name, so that is part of the image, but they were not produced in Switzerland (apart from the Kern and the Spectros) .
The handmade clockwork-cogwheel-factory Alpa cameras, however, are rarer than most other camera bodies, so enjoy your posession.
Advert from Robot, with the British importer details, until the war! apparently Otto Bering's company was quickly cleared of Nazi connections after the war, although they had employed prisoner labour, they get letters commending them from the Dutch prisoners. They seem to be one of the earliest to return to importing after the war, Leica remained off limits not for behavior in the war, but the prices!!
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I got a friend to look at the so called Robot Junior, and he has confirmed it is a Star ll, probably the same year as the Junior. It has the interior of the ll, but no accessory shoe as usually fitted to the Star. The surmise is that it is an early robot Junior, before they produced in volume, and changed to allow the use of normal cassettes on the junior. Basically assembled from existing parts to lower the cost. The best bet is that it was done deliberately by Robot.
The Schneider lens has been cleaned of the black paint plastered allover the front, the chrome is a little brassed, but working, although a bit low in contrast compared to better condition lenses of the period.
Shot on Agfa 200 of a Stuart steam engine model I am working on. It powers a generator, actually a stepper motor in a brass housing.