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Manufactured in France from 1952 until 1957.
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Kinax Super Kinax III

Traduction de Sylvain Halgand.

Super-Kinax the III are distinguished from Kinax III by its Berthiot Bellor 3,5/100 mm lens and its collimated Kolinax finder (not to be confused with the finder with correction of parallax, but not collimated which we find on considerable other Kinax).

Super Kinax is a tri-format: 6 X 9, 6 X 6 and 4 X 6. But for that, it is necessary to have an internal mask for 6 X 6 and of for 4,5 X 6. On each one of these masks, there is a pin.

If you look at well inside Super Kinax III, you will see two red points inside the camera. The pin of the mask is positioned above the left point in the case of mask 6 X 6 and above the right point in the case of mask 4,5 X 6. The goal of this pin is to block the picture number windows and the small slide which reveals the number of the view, with the good format and thus to prevent when the mask 6 X 6 is positioned to reveal the numbers of film corresponding to the format 4,5 X 6.

For the viewfinding, the former framework must be folded up in the case of 6 X 9, if not be unfolded and positioned in front of Kolinax for the formats 6 X 6 and 4,5 X 6. Within this framework, the interior window corresponds to the field of 4,5 X 6, if not (not easy to disregard delimiting 4,5 X 6 amount ) it is about the coverage by 6 X 6.

Kolinax is with correction of parallax. The pull knob located on the right of the finder makes it possible to indicate the distance from the subject. The finder rocks a little forwards catching up with the parallax. But Kolinax is especially collimated (from where its name), i.e. that in the finder thanks to a set of mirrors appears a luminous framework. This framework must be completely visible if the eye is positioned in the correct axis of the viewfinding.

The Kolinax finder, seen of front. We distinguishe very well the transparent framework which by a play of mirror is projected in the finder.

To avoid any problem of parallax, the collimated framework must be visible entirely in the finder. It is not the case here.

Kinax Super Kinax III

Kinax Super Kinax III

Kinax Super Kinax III