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The Kinax II is a folding camera for type No. 620 roll film, made by Kinax in Paris from 1946 to 1950. Several variants were made. It is a folder with a self-erecting bellows that allows no lens movements. The one shown at the right has a Berthiot Flor 1:4.5 F=105mm lens and an IPO shutter with self-timer, with speeds 1, 1/2, 1/5, 1/10, 1/25, 1/50, 1/150 and 1/350 sec. plus B mode and with a diaphragm that's stoppable down to f32. The lens is focusable from 1.75 m to infinity by turning the front lens element. It has a collapsible reverse Galilean finder with the ocular lens in a thumb wheel. This wheel with its distance scale allows correction of ocular height as means of parallax correction. In the camera back is a closable red film advance control window. Characteristic elements on top are the viewfinder ocular in the thumb wheel on top of the collapsed finder, and the two big metal buttons, one the unfolding button and the other the shutter release. The film advance key is positioned on the bottom, as well as the tripod thread.

In England it was sold branded Actina, with Kinn 1:4.5 lens.


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