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Manufactured in France from 1946 until 0.
Index of rarity in France : Rare (among non-specialized garage sales)
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Inventory number: 11256

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Lumiere Elax II

Bernard Vial speaks of fifteen cameras produced.

There is very little documentation on Elax cameras. Mainly the article written by Bernard Vial in page 44 of the FOTOVIC edition of his History of the French cameras. One may refer to advertising page 8 of the catalog Lumière dated 1935 and at the edition dated 1997 of the leaflet published by PH Pont / Photosaga.

Price of the item in 1946 = 29000 F, equivalent to about 2,095.00 euros in 2005.
It is a small folding device that provides 16 frames 3 x 4 cm on 117 film-type.

By pressing the button above the "E" of the ELAX, we will open the flap aided by the springs on either side of the bellows/lens assembly. The lens in retractable mount, is a Flor Berthiot f: 3.5 / 50mm which received an antireflective treatment of the most beautiful blue; Focus from 1m to infinity. The manufacture of the viewfinder was subcontracted to Leitz, it's the equivalent of a Leica viewfinder that have rotated 90 °. The function of the hole at the bottom left of the viewfinder is not specified in the Elax user's manual.
Same technical characteristics as the Elax. Only the aesthetic changes, the metal parts are now chrome plated instead of nickel. A nameplate was added in front.

Lumiere Elax II

Lumiere Elax II

Lumiere Elax II