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Suter Cupido
France Version française
Photos by EC text by EC. From the collection of Eric Carlhan. Last update 2012-02-12 par Sylvain Halgand.

Manufactured or assembled in Swiss from 1908 to (After) 1908.
Index of rarity in France: Rare (among non-specialized garage sales)
Inventory number: 11726

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Chronology of cameras Suter 

Traduction de Dan Fromm.

I hesitated considerably in identifying this cameraMisled by the facts that it came to me from Dr. Vieille like my ICA Atom B and the presence of a Cupido in ICA’s catalog, I initially took it for an ICAAgainst this, the lens and shutter aren’t what they ought to have beenThe camera has, in fact, a 135/6.8  Suter Anastigmat Series I instead of a Tessar and a Compound shutter in place of a Compur.

In fact, a plaque on the body marked "Manufacture d'optique E. Suter Bâle" give the answer.

It seems, according to an article on Suter in “Prestige de la photographie” N°4, that Huttig supplied Suter with bare bodies up to the merger in 1909 that led to the creation of ICAICA having stopped deliveries to Suter, my camera was thus made before 1909.  Its lens, bearing the number of a Swiss patent obtained 9 June 1900, gives the other end of the range.  I think that the most likely date is around 1908.

The lens is mounted in a Deckel Compound shutter, speeds from 1 second to 1/250.

And … sliding front panel with micrometric screw for correcting parallax, folding reflex finder placed above the lens and pivoting to allow use with the camera held vertical.

Suter Cupido