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KINAX (Etablissements JOUSSET) - Kinax II (c.1950)

Folding cameras

Produced c.1950, the model Kinax II is a format 6x9 on Rollfilm 120. It was the most produced camera of the range Kinax.

The camera of my collection is equipped of a lens Som Berthiot Paris Flor 1 :4,5  f=105 mm but some models of Kinax II can be found with a lens Saphir Boyer. The focusing is done by rotating the lens.

Mounted with an IPO shutter made in the area of Besanšon (France). In addition of the usual pauses T and B, this shutter offers speeds of 1s, 1/2s, 1/5s, 1/10s, 1/25s, 1/50s, 1/150s, 1/350s. The selection of the required speed is done using a notched ring located around the shutter.

One of the key characteristics of this camera is a viewfinder equipped with a parallax compensator. Another interesting characteristic is a trigger button located on the left of the viewfinder. This button activates a mechanism at 90░ which allows for a more distant release.

This camera was also distributed in England under the mark Actina and equipped with a Kinn Paris 1:4,5 lens.

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