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The Elca, Elca II and Ucanett are viewfinder cameras for 24 mm-square exposures on 35 mm film, made by the short-lived German company ELOP (and its predecessors and successors) just after the Second World War.

  • Elca (1947): the first camera, made while the company was Electro Optik GmbH in Glücksburg. It has a 35 mm f/4.5 Elocar anastigmat lens, with a sliding control giving f/6.3 and f/9, and an 'I' and 'B' shutter.[1] Metal-bodied with black painted finish, and a nickel-plated top-plate, raised at one end to accommodate the reverse-Galilean viewfinder. Film advance knob on the bottom, with a frame=counter in the top plate.[2][3]
  • Elca II (1949-50):[2][4] an improved model made by ELOP, with a Vario or Prontor-S shutter, and either f/4.5 Elocar or f/2.5 Elopan lens. Leatherette covering in place of paint, and chromium rather than nickel plating, according to McKeown.[1] Film advance knob now on the top plate. At least some of the cameras have a synchronised shutter and cold shoe.
  • Ucanett (1951): third model similar to the Elca II, made when the company had become Uca. Lenses are now named Ucar and Ucapan.[5]


  1. 1.0 1.1 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). pp 263-4.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Elca and Elca II sold at the auction Photographica 26 by Rahn AG, on 1 December 2013. Elca with 3.5 cm f/4.5 Elocar and single-speed shutter; Elca II with 4 cm f/2.5 Elopan and Prontor-S shutter with speeds 1-1/300 second, plus 'B', synchronised and with self-timer.
  3. Elca sold at the auction 'Photographica and Film] on 25 March 2006 by Auction Team Breker (item is listed at the LiveAuctioneers site).
  4. Elca II with 3.5 cm f/4.5 Elocar and synchronised Vario shutter with speeds 1/25, 1/75 and 1/200 second, plus 'B', sold at the auction Photographica 10 by Rahn, on 29 November 2009.
  5. Ucanett with 4 cm f/2.5 Ucapan and Prontor-S shutter, sold at the auction Photographica 14 by Rahn, on 28 November 2010.