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#1 Scott Pendleton

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Posted 08 May 2016 - 02:32 PM

Just came across this on Craigslist.  The seller only identified it by the Angenieux lens but does anyone know the make and model of the body?  Thanks

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#2 Michael Lehnert

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Posted 08 May 2016 - 03:22 PM

That's a 1962-64 Carena Zoomex II, for Double 8, not Super 8.

Made in Mauren, Liechtenstein (the tiny country between Switzerland and Austria) and distributed by Gevaert of Belgium, this camera came packaged with an Angénieux Zoom 1:1,8 / 7,5-35mm vario lens. Very intelligent design using a unique patented transport/guiding system, and overall being of superb Beaulieu- or Nizo-level quality.

Equally rare is also the successor, the 1964-70 Carena Zoomex S, which came with an Angénieux Zoom 1:1,8 / 6,5-52mm vario lens, as found on the Beaulieu MR 8 models of the same period.

Carena never really managed the industry's evolution to Super 8, and closed down in 1970. The name continued on cheap entry-level cameras from Japan until the 1980s.

Here's an ongoing Rakuten JP auction for a mint 'S' set with the longer zoom, plus obviously expired Fujifilm film stock; one bid at ¥28,000, roughly £185: http://auction.rakut...6217/a/10005292

There was an auction a while ago on eBay UK, just the 'II' camera with the shorter zoom lens, going for £38.

Check out Stefan Franckh's page to browse and download the manual: http://home.scarlet....tion/index.html
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#3 Scott Pendleton

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Posted 08 May 2016 - 06:16 PM

Thanks! Lotta good info


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#4 Dom Jaeger

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Posted 09 May 2016 - 12:52 AM

Yeah lovely little cameras the Carenas, the spring is in the handle (you wind it by simply twisting it) so the body is very slim. I always feel like I'm in the retro-future when using one, like it's something James Kirk would take on his holidays to the pleasure planet Riga..


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