Stylophot - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Stylophot

1956

Secam

France

Image of Stylophot

Lens:
f6.3, two element coated lens. Sector stops f6.3, f8, f11.

Shutter:
Single-blade guillotine. Single speed of 1/50s. Second capping blade.

Construction:
Plastic.

Format:
18, 10 x 10 mm exposures on 16 mm film held in cassettes.

Focusing:
Fixed.

Attributes:
Direct-vision (lens/lens) view-finder.
Film advance by claw action. Film advance tensions shutter, double exposure prevention. Exposure counter.

With:
Instructions. Box.

This is a novelty disguised camera shaped roughly like a large fountain pen. The body is plastic with a well-made mechanism. The price in 1956 was over £8.

As well as this model a de-luxe model was produced with an f3.5, 27 mm Roussel Anastigmat lens and flash synchronisation. A stereo model or adapter was also made consisting of two cameras mounted on a bracket. The ordinary model came with different markings around the lens, a version with a right-angle finder is also known. Various accessories were produced including a viewer (Visophot), filters and a close-up lens.

The Stylophot was patented by Fritz Kaftanski designer of the Minifex and Sida cameras.

References & Notes:
BP 808732/1959. BJA 1957, p. 194. AP 6/6/1956, p. s1. Instruction book.

Illustrations:
MA, 1466. (stereo unit). Christie's Cat. 12/1991 lot 229. Christie's Cat. 6/9/2005 lot 200 (stereo unit).

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