Only eight months after its 1949 introduction by Chicago's Candid Camera Corporation as the Cee-ay 35, Ciro (makers of the Ciro-flex TLR) bought the design, and after some very slight changes, reintroduced it as the Ciro 35. It made images on 35mm film, had a non-interchangeable lens, leaf shutter, and a coupled rangefinder. The rangefinder was the split image type and was coupled to the lens; but it was used through a separate eyepiece than the one used to compose the image.
The Ciro 35 was available with three lenses, an f4.5, f3.5, or an f2.8 - in the models R,S, and T respectively. A choice of silver or blacked out trim was also available. Generally the cameras came with an Alphax shutter - which was rebadged as a "Century" on Graflex models, or a Rapax shutter.
Of course, the story doesn't end there - in 1950 Ciro sold out to Graflex, and the camera became the Graflex Ciro 35. To keep things interesting, Graflex reworked the design and turned it into the 1955 Graflex Graphic 35 which featured a highly unusual focusing mechanism. Production of that camera was moved to Japan before the end of the 1950s.
|Ciro 35 ad, Oct 1949, U.S. Camera|
image by camerawiki (Image rights)
- General disassembly notes by Daniel Mitchell
- Ciro 35 instruction manual at www.orphancameras.com