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Plavic 9x12 is a 9x12cm folding bed plate film camera, manufactured by Héard & Mallinjod, Lyon, France for Plavic in Lyon. The camera is identical with the Hémax folding bed plate 9x12 camera produced by Héard & Mallinjod from 1923 to the early 1930s.


  • Model: Hémax 9x12 folding bed plate camera serie 00, (without identification).
  • Produced between 1923-early 1930s.
  • Lens: Plavic-Anastigmat 135mm f/6.3, Aperture range f/6.3-f/32, filter slip-on
  • Focusing: Bellows focusing, index and scale on the left-inside of the front cover, Focus range: 1-10m +inf.
  • Shutter: Gitzo leaf shutter type B1, with speeds: 1/25, 1/50, 1/100 +T & B.[1]
  • Cocking and Shutter release: by the same lever, on front of the lens-shutter barrel; manual shutter cocking and release at the same time, diaphragm opens and closes on single press
  • View finders:
    • Waist-level Brilliant finder on top of the lens standard, turning 90 degrees left on its own axis for landscape pictures
    • Sports finder: A big wire sports finder, hinged on the lens standard and used with a folding rear peep sight part, on the left side of the camera
  • Bellows: single-extension, vertical shift of the lens standard possible
  • Body: metalic; Weight 850g


Héard & Mallinjod made 6x9cm and 9x12cm folding bed plate cameras in c.1920-28 under the Hémax label. After those dates some Hémax cameras are found under the Plavic label and distributed by Victor Planchon firm, Lyon, France. [2]

Notes and ReferencesEdit

  1. The Gitzo shutter was labelled 'Plavicos' on some models of Plavic cameras.
  2. McKeown's Cameras 12th Ed.,2005, p.786


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