|A Plavic 9x12 folding bed camera (c.1930) (Image rights)|
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.
- 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. 
|Plavic 9x12 folding bed plate camera, c.1930Images by Süleyman Demir (Image rights)|
Notes and ReferencesEdit
- ↑ The Gitzo shutter was labelled 'Plavicos' on some models of Plavic cameras.
- ↑ McKeown's Cameras 12th Ed.,2005, p.786