This camera is a gem of post WWII French camera design. Made in 1949 for professional use, it was the Rolls Royce of 6x9 medium format folding cameras. A very sturdy camera with an excellent Sagitar 95/3.5 tessar type lens. This lens is the sharpest one I ever encountered on a 6x9, even wide-open (and it opens to f/3.5). It is tack-sharp from corner to corner.The astounding Sagitar 95/3.5 is slightly large for a 6x9, comparable to a 40 mm lens on full format, which helps Depth of Field. The lens is coated on EVERY surface, not only the front element. It is mounted in a reliable Prontor II shutter that can be cocked either on the camera or on the shutter.
Even after 70 years all shutter times seem to function perfectly. This was an expensive camera, optically better and much sturdier than the Bessa II, with several technical innovations. The Range Finder doesn't work with a second image like the Leica's.Instead it focuses together with the lens. If the image is sharp in the rangefinder it is sharp on film. This was revolutionary for range finders in the fifties. Considering that this camera is 70 years old, it is in excellent condition. As you can see in the photographs the camera uses real leather on the body and for the ready case. THe chrome is like new. After seventy years the bellows doesn't doesn't show any sign of light leaks or crackling. This camera will probably out live you. The Telka III is one of the best 6X9 Range Finder folders ever made, and it's lens can still compete with todays analog cameras. I have included an example photograph above and can send you links to several photographers who show example photographs. I haven't tested the accuracy of the range finder because my images were plenty sharp. But the sharpness can be calibrated easily with a screw on the camera bed. My only critique is the tripod screw at the bottom of the camera. Because it is rounded it isn't very stable if mounted on a tripod. But the screw can easily be replaced by a standard tripod screw and if used with the camera case this problem disappears. Only 10.000 TELKA III were produced and it has become quite a rare and desired camera. You will only ever find two or three for sale in the whole world at any time. This camera is solid as a rock and weight 1 kg. Aperture and all exposure times work flawlessly even without having been cleaned by a professional. You will rarely find a specimen in such an excellent condition. L'item "Demaria-Lapierre Telka III 6X9 folding roll film camera SAGGITAR 95MM 3.5 EXC" est en vente depuis le jeudi 25 juillet 2019. Il est dans la catégorie "Photo, caméscopes\Photographie ancienne\Objectifs anciens".
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