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Actina was an importer and distributor of photographic goods in London. Grace's Guide shows several advertisements from 1939 in which Actina describes itself as 'sole concessionaire' for Certo cameras. These give an address in Woodstock Street. Grace's also shows adertisements from the mid-1950s. These now give an address in Dane Street, Holborn (still in central London). The products offered in the '50s advertisements are a wide range of accessories by many manufacturers, including Gitzo cable releases, A.P. film-holders and Bilora tripods; the only camera mentioned is the Bilora Bella. Actina also had some of their own brands; products made by or exclusively for Actina: Actina-branded hoods, Planoptik filters and Proximar close-up lenses.
Grace's Guide states that Actina was bought by Dufay in 1963.