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Photos by Sylvain Halgand text by Sylvain Halgand. From the collection of Sylvain Halgand
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Manufactured in ex-Tchecoslovaquie from 1952 until 0.
Index of rarity in France : Rare (among non-specialized garage sales)
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Inventory number: 1010

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Meopta Milona

Traduit par Timothy A. Vale (Grande-Bretagne).

A beautiful horizontal folding 6 X 6 which is extremely well manufactured
and has many clever features.
Nominally 6 X 6 format, it is in fact dual format, also allowing 6 x 4.5. There are two film counter windows on the back of the camera corresponding to the two formats. Inside the back there is a small mask with which to mask one of these two windows. This prevents the user from misreading the exposure number halfway through the film. Therefore the user has to wait until the end of film to change the mask's position. The finder contains framelines for both film sizes as can be see
in the photo. The 6 x 4.5 frame is difficult to use for framing, as the lines on the glass are too fine.
The lens and the shutter are mounted on a square panel, attached to a small bellows. This panel is held in place by Klapp-type struts. On the top of the panel, there is a small button which can be moved along a sliding scale between two settings: 0 and 1 mm. When the button is moved towards the 0 setting, the lens and the shutter move very slightly downwards, independently of the panel. This is probably for an attachment for close-up photography. The lens is a Meopta Mirar 80mm, 4.5, the shutter a Vebur (copy of the Compur 250?) bearing the logo of Veb
Pentacon. The shutter release is on the shutter itself, where there is also
a synchro-flash terminal.
I particularly like one cleverly-designed feature, which helped when taking the picture below. Around the tripod socket there is a part which is normally folded flush with the bottom of the camera, but which can be unfolded to form a small support. This ensures that the camera is perfectly horizontal when resting on this support and the open door.