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, 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 was some pride connected. Not only cheap plastic...

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29.07 | 21:20

Hi,
Thanks for the comment.But the page actually states that the FT-1 was following the FS-1, worlds first camera with a built-in motor.(Under the last photo.)

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29.07 | 20:19

Hi, nice site. Just a little errata: The Konica FT-1 motor was the 2nd Konica SLR with a built-in motor winder. The 1st was the Konica FS-1 introduced in 1978.

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11.03 | 20:02

Wonderful wonderful wonderful

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03.01 | 19:41

OK, think I've got it. I resent the photos to: bosse@pentax-slr.com

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