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Manufactured in France from 1955 until after 1961.
Index of rarity in France : Rare (among non-specialized garage sales)
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Lachaize Mecilux

The Mécilux is a very original device, designed and manufactured by Paul Lachaize, craftsman in Tassin la Demi-Lune near Lyon (France), whose specialty was previously the improvement  of equipment for photo reporters as well as  the flash sync systems.
He produced and marketed the Mag 150 back, to be fitted on Rollei and Semflex to produce 150 frames without reloading. Then he made the Perfo 608, a rangefinder camera with interchangeable lens adopting the same philosophy.
He starts in the industry with a popularization camera   , made of plastic thanks to precision molding techniques. The fire at the factory in Villeurbanne will end this attempt. This is Fex that then benefited from the creative abilities of Paul Lachaize.

The Mécilux has an integrated flash unit and an "automatic" exposure system through the selection of shooting conditions. This system takes into account the use of the flash.
The big sports viewfinder is protected under the cover. The cocking is coupled to the film advance made by a big teethed button.
 Some flashbulbs have their place in a small bay which also gives access to the unlocking of the opening if a film is loaded : a security is preventing from any accidental opening.

The variant presented here has a "Boyer Paris 1: 2.8 F = 45" lens with a black rim. It is the first series of Mécilux.