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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30.08 | 10:38

Takumars/Auto/Super came with either black on white or white on black.The few reports of any other colour come from post production homework.Probably yours too.

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29.08 | 05:37

I have a 55mm f2.2 Zebra (with a black aperture ring, and blue feet-scale). Bought used with an Heiland H2...

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22.08 | 09:12

The only Super Takumar lens that couldn't be used on the SV was the 50/1,4, as the rear could touch the mirror. A later version of the SV solved this problem.

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22.08 | 01:13

Maybe I'm wrong. If so, please let me know, as I'm seeing some confusing info on various forums about this issue.

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