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The Dauphin I, II, III and IV are pseudo TLR cameras for the 6×6 format. They were produced by Alsaphot, France in the 1950s. Most Dauphins use 80mm Boyer meniscus type lenses.

Dauphin Ia

The company logo, a stork is shown on the finder hood. The stork is holding a pennant with "Alsaphot" on it. The Dauphin Ia has an all-metal body. The Boyer Menix lens (80mm/11) is focused using zone-focusing. Two zones are marked: Portrait and Paysage i.e. Portrait and Landscape. Since this is a 6×6 camera, this refers to the distance and not to the orientation of the frame. The aperture is set with words as well: Soleil, Clair, Nuages which mean sun, clear and clouds. This probably corresponds with f/16, f/11 and f/8. The exclusive use of French may indicate they were only intended for the internal (French) market.

Dauphin Ib

Same as above, but the stork on the waist level finder has a black banner with "alsaphot"

Dauphin II

The Dauphin II cannot be focused like its predecessors. The camera has a detachable back. It has two apertures and three shutter-speeds. The aperture f/8 is marked "nuageux" and f/16 is marked "soleil" (cloudy and sunny respectively). On the Dutch version (see variations below) these words have been replaced by pictures. Just above the taking lens, three shutter speeds can be selected, 1/75s and 1/25s and B.


A variation of the Dauphin II was marked "made in holland". It made under Alsaphot license by the society Franerex. Nevertheless, the name Dauphin is on the finder hood.

Dauphin III

The Dauphin III has a 75mm/4.5 Topaz Boyer lens and an extra shutter-speed of 1/200s. It can be focused, unlike the model II.

Dauphin IV

Who has ever observed one? It is said to have had a f/4.5 Boyer lens, set in a Compur shutter.

Images by Dirk HR Spennemann (Image rights)


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