France: Royer Savoyflex: 1958-1963:

Savoyflex - A Daring French

France contributed to the SLR history first with the very special Alsaflex of 1952, and in the PP SLR history from 1958 through Rene Royers Savoyflex. The first model featured a leaf shutter fixed Berthiot lens and a rapid return mirror. The RRM returned mechanically with the return of the shutter realease button, and could mean that the subject, as seen through the lens, was blacked a bit longer than on the IRM cameras, where the finder was ready instantly after the shutter was shut. Many cameras claiming IRM were really RRMs. The first Savoyflex was followed by the Authomatic in 1959, among the first to introduce an authomatic diaphragm. The SITO organization, which was the official name behind Royer, kept on producing Savoyflex until 1963. 
 
Size measured without lens extension: 127x94x53mm. Weight with lens: 736 gr. Sn: F 1459.
Royer Berthiot Prontor Reflex 50/2,8 leaf shutter fixed lens. Sn: 54246.
A long but wonderfully smooth winder travel. Shutter release button to the left.
Typical case from late 50s, when there still was some pride connected to camera production. Not only cheap plastic...

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I går | 14:32

It might be worth to mention that the Ia, IIa and IIb also were found in the US under Tower 23 and Tower 24 names.

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I går | 14:28

Hi Bosse,
There is very little evidence to support that the m42 versions were made by Asahi Opt. Company but more evidence that these were made by resellers.

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20.11 | 00:08

Hi Roland,
No I have no information about it. There were several producers of long tele lenses and they came with many names. Is it a preset lens? Serial nr?

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19.11 | 20:32

Hi Roland,
I have a Miranda camera and purchased a Safari 500mm 1:6.3 lens for it, but now cannot find any information on Safari lenses. Can you help?

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