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 Automatic in 1959, among the first to introduce an automatic diaphragm. However, their system was not functioning well, and was no break-through for the company.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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10.08 | 18:42

Hi Richard,
21.454 K models were produced between '58 and '59. But Pentax used the letter K for many other models, too. K-series in '75 and digital since 2006.

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09.08 | 07:35

How many Pentar K cameras were made please?

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28.07 | 11:46

I have a -50 and an -M along with an SF-X sadly all are scrap thanks to the poor quality motor BUT I do have a -5S which I have nothing but praise for

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11.07 | 02:00

Hi Henrik,
Interesting. But where is the source for this? I have read several articles on the K-mount history, but never saw that proved.

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