San Giorgio

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San Giorgio was a camera-maker in Genoa for a few years after the Second World War.[1] The company was founded in 1905, to make vehicles, but soon (presumably because of the First World War) turned to making optical products including gunsights.[2] After the Second World War, the company designed some cameras in an effort to develop civilian business. Only the Janua Leica-copy was made in significant numbers (a few thousand, though the late Janua S has serial number 451,xxx).[2]


  • Parva: a camera for 16 mm film, made only in sample quantities.
  • Janua: a Leica copy
  • Safo: a camera for 24x24 mm on 35 mm film.


  1. McKeown, James M. and Joan C. McKeown's Price Guide to Antique and Classic Cameras, 12th Edition, 2005-2006. USA, Centennial Photo Service, 2004. ISBN 0-931838-40-1 (hardcover). ISBN 0-931838-41-X (softcover). p867-8.
  2. 2.0 2.1 San Giorgio company history and cameras at Dario Mondonico's site.