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    Vintage French Manufactured Cameras

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    I have heard of Foca cameras and Kinax 6X9 folders. Anybody out there in APUG country have any insight into these or other French manufactured cameras. I'm going to spend a month in France starting the end of August and thought it would be interesting to shoot a few frames on an indiginous camera. Anybody in the group do a CLA on something like this? Anybody got one sitting on the shelf that they'd donate/rent/sell for the project?

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    Vintage French Manufactured Cameras

    Vintage French Manufactured Cameras
    Hello.
    I have heard of Foca cameras and Kinax 6X9 folders. Anybody out there in APUG country have any insight into these or other French manufactured cameras. I'm going to spend a month in France starting the end of August and thought it would be interesting to shoot a few frames on an indiginous camera. Anybody in the group do a CLA on something like this? Anybody got one sitting on the shelf that they'd donate/rent/sell for the project?

    Jim

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    Vintage French Manufactured Cameras

    Vintage French Manufactured Cameras
    Hello.
    I have heard of Foca cameras and Kinax 6X9 folders. Anybody out there in APUG country have any insight into these or other French manufactured cameras. I'm going to spend a month in France starting the end of August and thought it would be interesting to shoot a few frames on an indiginous camera. Anybody in the group do a CLA on something like this? Anybody got one sitting on the shelf that they'd donate/rent/sell for the project?

    Jim

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    You should hunt up a Richard stereo camera -- i have one with a roll-film back modified to use 120, but it's not leaving my house, sorry. Look around -- vintage 3d would be especially fun.

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    Threads merged. There is no need to start the same thread in more than one forum. They will all appear in everyone's "New Posts" view, except in forums they have specifically excluded, which is relatively unusual for forums other than classifieds or the off-topic forums.
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    The Focas are very nice cameras. Some are fixed-lens scale focus, while others are interchangeable lens rangefinders.

    I've used the Foca Sport II, the Foca (two star) and a Focaflex Automatic. I also have a Foca Universal, which is the final model of the rangefinders.

    The Foca Sport II is a fixed-lens rangefinder with a leaf shutter and a very nice lens. The Foca (two star) is an interchangeable lens rangefinder with a cloth focal-plane shutter. This model lacks slow speeds. The Focaflex Automatic is a fixed-lens SLR with an integrated selenium meter that offers trap-needle autoexposure or full manual exposure. It has a unique viewing system.

    I have mini-reviews of each camera on my site.

    The Foca cameras are easy to use, well made and don't give you any unpleasant surprises. However, the lenses with the Foca rangefinder can definitely benefit from the use of a lens shade.

    As always, these cameras are anywhere from 40 to 60 years old and can benefit from service.

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    Here is a list of French camera and equipment companies: http://camera-wiki.org/wiki/Category:France.

    I only have a MIOM Photax.

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    Philippe Grunchec

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    Quote Originally Posted by maderik View Post
    Here is a list of French camera and equipment companies: http://camera-wiki.org/wiki/Category:France.

    I only have a MIOM Photax.
    Thanks for the link, I'll spend a few hours perusing it. Your photo of the esplanade between the admin bldg and the former library came out better than mine. http://www.flickr.com/photos/4988993...7632860812400/

    Jim

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    Thank you - Merci

    Quote Originally Posted by Philippe Grunchec View Post

    Thanks Philippe. I will spend a few hours following all these threads. Could you recommend a specific 6X9 medium format French manufactured camera that uses 120 film. The Kinax has a nice vintage look to it but the 620 film is a challenge. Unless of course the 620 film can be readily purchased in shops around Paris. I would appreciate your feedback.

    Jim McClain

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