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Kapsa is a Bakelite (and later other plastic) 120 or 620 film 6x9cm/6x4cm box camera made in Sao Paolo, Brazil by D. F. Vasconcellos (DFV)[1]. It was introduced in the early 1950s. It has a hinged mask in the film chamber for conversion to 6x4cm frames. The 110mm Vascromat lens (presumably a meniscus achromat) has two auxiliary lenses giving three focus distances; 1-2 metres, 2-8 metres, and 8 metres-infinity. The camera is fitted with a sector shutter with a speed of 1/100 second and B, with three aperture sizes, f/22, f/16, and f/11. On one side it has a metal panel with all the controls except the film advance knob. Of course it has the two brilliant viewfinders which are typical for box cameras.

It was considered a budget camera in comparison to more advanced cameras of the time due to its limited focusing abilities.


  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 944.