Ferrania Tanit

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The Tanit is a small cast metal camera taking 3x4cm exposures on 127 film[1]. It was made in Italy by Ferrania, c.1955. The name may come from a Phoenician goddess of war and fertility[2].

The Tanit has a simple I/B everset shutter with flash synchronisation via a PC socket. This houses a focusing lens with no focal-length or aperture markings. Strap lugs at either end slide downwards to release the back. The back has two red windows to accommodate the 127 half-frame format. The viewfinder has a portrait format rectangular window window above the lens, but a square eyepiece on the back, which is minuscule - not much over 3mm across.

Examples have been seen with black leatherette covering, as here, or dark red.[3]

Notes

  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). Page 292.
  2. Tanit article at Wikipedia
  3. Tanit with red leatherette sold as Ebay item 191963343200, September 2016.

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