Amato is a registered product name from Kindermann & Co. Berlin, Germany.

Carl Friederich Kindermann started his company in 1864 as a factory of lamps and lighting equipment after a period where they manufactured Oil lamps since 1861. In the 90's he also included in his production the manufacturing of photo related products for the amateur. In 1985 Kindermann manufactured the first darkroom lights after this came equipment and tolls for darkroom use and also for the Photo labo  daylight room equipment like spooling tanks, cutting machines and other equipment. In1924 Kindermann is housed in the Ritterstrasse 11 in Berlin. 1929 is the first V2A development tank manufactured, in WWII is the production interrupted and in 1948 manufactured the Berliner company again enlargers and other photo labo equipment. In 1949 moved Kindermann wit a part of the production to the Seilerstrasse 20 in Wurzburg-Heidingsfeld and also started in 1950, with 3 employees, in the Tuckelhauserstrasse 41 in Ochsenfurt am main a company. Besides photo labo and reproduction equipment several different types of slide projectors were build with in 1956 the first cassette slide projector. In 1979 the company "Pafrath & Kemper", manufacturers of flash equipment , Weyertal 59, Köln, where incorporated. Currently Kindermann on manufactures only in Ochsenfurt photo labo and photo accessories. In 2003 the company had severe financial troubles and a number of employees were fired.


Announcement of a Hansa electrical exposure meter in Asahi Camera November 1936. Source: Camerapedia

Type: Amato
Selenium sensor
Year: aprox. 1935
reflected light
Sensitivity: 6 ~ 21 ° DIN
Sensitivity: 17 ~ 32 °Scheiner
Aperture: f/ 1 ~ 48
Exposure time: 1/1000 ~ 1min.
As far as known, this is the only exposure meter ever marketed by Kindermann. The Kindermann Amato exposure meter is probably one of the first meters with that uses the zero position measurement method. Measurement is done by first setting the correct film sensitivity, aiming the meter at the subject and then turning the center scale until the needle reaches the zero (center) position of the scale (white line) the read the scale for the correct exposure time / aperture settings.

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