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The Cinefoto, also known as the Roma 48, is an unusual camera made by Tiranti of Rome just after the Second World War. According to Dario Mondonico, the camera has a fixed-focus Koristka Aether 45 mm f/4.5 lens, and a guillotine shutter with a single, unspecified speed.[1] Mondonico states that the Cinefoto makes up to 48 pictures 13x14 mm on a single 9x12 cm plate; Danilo Cecchi, however, describes the camera as making twelve passport-sized (formato tessera) photographs on a plate.[2] It is possible that both could be arranged.

The plate is moved in a grid pattern between exposures by a hand-operated lever on the right side of the body. Bringing each edge of the plate behind the lens necessarily makes the camera rather tall and wide; Mondonico gives its dimensions as about 40x31x13 cm.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Article on Tiranti at Dario Mondonico's Mistermondo site; company history and descriptions of Tiranti's cameras (in Italian), and pictures of two of them, including the Cinefoto.
  2. Danilo Cecchi L'Industria Fotografica Italiana (the Italian Photographic Industry), part four, in Italian at Nadir Magazine.