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The Lumiclub was a 6×6cm camera made by the French maker Lumière. The body is big and heavy. The lens and shutter assembly was mounted on a telescopic tube. The lens was a coated four element Berthiot Flor 75/3.5 and the leaf shutter was a synchronized Royer from 1s to 1/300. There is a lever film advance, with double exposure prevention, but not coupled to the shutter. There were two viewfinders, an optical Galilean finder and a waist level brilliant finder, placed symmetrically, under a hood. The Lumiclub had a built-in extinction meter called Lumipose. It could take 4.5×6cm pictures with a mask in the film plane, the framing being indicated in the finder.

The Lumière 6×6 was a cheaper alternative to the Lumiclub. It was a 6×6cm folding camera based on the same body. The extinction meter and the two finders were similar, but it had no hood to cover the waist-level finder. The lens was a Lumière Spector 80/4.5, and the shutter was from 1/10 to 1/250. The metal trimming, chromed on the Lumiclub, was painted black on the Lumière 6×6.

Vial says that the body cast of the Lumiclub and Lumière 6x6 was probably the one Pontiac had developed for the Versailles project. Some elements supporting the theory are the bulkiness of the body, originally designed for 65mm perforated film (alias 70mm film), and the two finder windows, that would be a reminiscence of the coupled rangefinder intended on the Versailles.

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  • Vial, Bernard. Histoire des appareils français. Période 1940–1960. Paris: Maeght Éditeur, 1980, re-impressed in 1991. ISBN 2-86941-156-1.

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