The Zephyr Candid Camera was manufactured in 1938 by the Photographic Industries of America, New york. It was the first American-made 35mm camera that incorporated a fast focal plane shutter. It was available in a 2 inch Wollensak Anastigmat with either a f3.5 or an f2.9 lens. It featured a scientifically balance focal plane shutter providing speeds from 1/25 to 1/500th of a second, with bulb. Diaphragm stops included 3.5 (or 2.9), 4.5, 5.6, 8, 11, and 16. It accepted interchangeable lenses in a helical mount. Other features included an automatic film counter, built-in rangefinder attachment, an adaptable flash synchronization and a Wollensak telescopic view finder. The camera was made of a hard aluminum alloy body covered in leather and the exposed metal parts were brushed aluminum finish. The camera was capable of capturing 36 exposures on Kodachrome or Dufaycolor 35mm film. The camera was priced at $22.50 for the f3.5 lens and $29.50 for the f2.9 lens. A leather carrying case was extra for $4.95.
2005-06 McKeowns price guide to Antique and Classic Cameras
1938 advertisement for Zepher camera.
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