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Manufactured in Allemagne from (Circa) 1934 until () 0.
Index of rarity in France : Rare (among non-specialized garage sales)
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Difficult to know the exact date of the beginning of manufacture of this beautiful miniature folding camera because the serial number of the lens (486379) indicates a manufacture between 1931 and 1932, and that of the shutter between 1933 and 1934.

One can find it under various designation: Bafo, Coloprint, Imperial, Ralikona, Renox, Rhacofix, Speed, Weston Candid Speed and Ysella… The sales managers of the time did not lack of imagination!

We have here a camera of quality, very quite manufactured. It is equipped besides with a Compur shutter,
which was in general reserved with the best cameras. This one goes from the second to the 1/300 second, plus the usual pose B and T. The lens, a Schneider-Kreuznach Radionar of 5 cm, opened to 2.9, which locates there again this camera in the top of the basket.

It has only nut of foot: vertical format obligatory! On the other hand, there are two red windows with the back, whereas it is not a bi-format… that is explained by the fact why films 127 were numbered for sights of 4 x 6.5 cm. One thus brought the first number opposite the first window, and with the following exposure opposite the second; then one started again with number 2, and so on…

Can one see in this camera of small size (for the time), an attempt to offer an alternative cheaper to Leica and his copies which started to be produced? The format is close, but of course the performances are not the same ones. But one could carry it everywhere and its luminous lens authorized exposures in weak light.
 





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