Bencini Comet

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The original Bencini Comet cameras are viewfinder cameras for either 3x4 or 4x4 cm pictures on 127 film, made in Italy by CMF Bencini from 1948 into the 1950s. They are smaller versions of the 120 film Bencini Koroll range, solidly built from metal castings with a sheet metal back. Their controls are limited to instantaneous (1/50 second) or 'B' shutter and (in most models) a focusing lens. The Comet III (discussed on its own, separate page) is an unusual vertically-shaped camera (so that it gives horizontal 3x4 cm pictures when upright).

There were various models:

Model Format Introduced
Comet 4x4cm c.1948
Comet II 3x4cm c.1951
Comet S 3x4 c.1950
Comet Rapid
Comet 3
(Fixed-focus)
3x4cm c.1953
Comet III
focusing
3x4cm c.1953
Comet 44 4x4cm

The Comet name was reused later for 126 cartridge cameras; see the 126 section of the Bencini page, and still later for 35mm cameras.


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