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FEX 4x6,5

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In 1938 Mr Fritz KAFTANSKI patented this camera in Czechoslovakia.

It has a sport finder that can receive an optical finder as shown below.

The lens is a Fexar Spec Optik. There is a black square on right bottom of the faceplate on the model shown, but some have

fex cz.jpg (19221 octets) markings as 'Made in Czechoslovakia'.

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The back of the camera must be removed to place the optical viewfinder

 

FEX SUPERIOR

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This was made in Czechoslovakia too on the basis of the above mentioned FEX camera.

It has only the built in optical viewfinder and the lens is a Fexar Super.

 

SUPERFEX

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These cameras were made in France after KAFTANSKI moved From Prag (CZ) to Lyon (F)in 1942.

On the picture above one has no name on lens, the other has a Fexar Spec Optic, OPTIC spelling with a C and not a K as on the Czech model.

It's was not easy to say if the molds used were the Czech molds or not, but the answer is found after desassembling two of these cameras :

fex superfex difference des moules.jpg (79281 octets).

The Czech mold is done in one block as the French has the front part removable for easier installation of the shutter. I own this information from the French FEX manager who tell me he was at the origin of the modification to make better profits in camera's assembling.

 

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The French SUPERFEX with OPTIK spelled with a K as on Czech mold. On faceplates does appear the mention 'FEX France'

 

 

 

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