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Vintage Foca Universel rangefinder film camera

Vintage Foca Universel rangefinder film camera
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Athenry, Galway
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Vintage Foca Universel rangefinder film camera


The Universel was an improved model in the the Foca lineup of rangefinder cameras from French makers OPL. It's bayonet lens mount accepted a series of lenses whose focus coupled with the rangefinder mechanism. There were several different model versions and the series was in production from 1948 to 1963.

This is a Model 3 version and has a fast focal plane shutter with speeds T, B and 1 to 1/1000 sec. Like a Leica the cameras had a separate speed dial for slow speeds. This is an incredibly well made camera and a real collectors item.

This camera comes with three lenses (Oplar 1:2.8 f=5cm, Oplar 1:6.3 F=2.8cm and Teleoplar 1;4.5 f=13.5cm), Original metal Neck strap, Leather case, Lens hood and three Ceneiplan filters(Plain,Yellow and blue).

Camera is in good vintage condition and working well mechanically. Shutter fires on all speeds and the shutter curtain is in good condition and leak free. Range finder is working as well. All the lenses are working and moving smoothly. The 1:2.8 lens has something that looks like oil marks on the back element. Both of the other lenses have a little bit of dust and haze as well as is usual for this age. As far as I know they are easy lenses to service and clean.

The leather case and lens hood is worn, the hood is a little battered. The case is missing the bottom knob to hold the camera in it too.

These issues, very fixable, are reflected in the price.

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