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Bencini Comet S
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Photos by JPH text by Sylvain Halgand. From the collection of JPH. Last update 2021-03-16 par Sylvain Halgand.
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Manufactured or assembled in Italy from 1950 to (Circa) 1965.
Index of rarity in France: Infrequent (among non-specialized garage sales)
Inventory number: 13437

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The Comet S were released in 1950, and were manufactured for several years. They stand out from the Comet, by adding a synchro socket for flash and an accessory shoe. Like their predecessor, these are low-end cameras, made from die-cast aluminum. The performances are poor, but their cost being low, they easily find their customers in post-war Italy. All-metal fabrication gives buyers confidence.

These 3 x 4 cm have undergone minor modifications during their career. These are essentially aesthetic, with the exception of modifications affecting the first models, the foundry mold of which does not include the accessory label. These models also have a double inscription of the mark: on a plate fixed on the top housing, and on the front. The film advance button has two rows of stripes. A black bezel surrounds the base of the rotating part of the lens.

The evolving models will lose the marking on the front face, replaced by a series of ridges improving the grip, as well as the strap attachments, and the black hubcap on the lens. There is a clear search for simplification of manufacture. The most recent models incorporate plastic, which is the case with this copy, with the ring around the lens barrel.

website ref.   CMF logo on front face  Advance button with 2 rows of stripes Hubcap around frontal lens Strap attach. CMF logo on top housing

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Non moulded Accessory shoe

Yes Yes Yes Yes on a plate
2430

 

    Yes Yes Engraved
6835

 

      Yes Engraved
2863

 

        Engraved
13437 Platic ring around lens         Engraved
Bencini Comet S