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The Kobell is a coupled rangefinder camera for 6x9 plates and film, made by Boniforti and Ballerio in Milan from about 1952. It could be used with plate holders or film packs. In addition to a coupled rangefinder, ground-glass focusing was also possible.[1]

The camera has interchangeable lenses, which have in-lens leaf shutters. There is also a cloth focal-plane shutter in the camera, with speeds 1/20 - 1/1000 second, plus 'B' and 'T' (from 1954, the camera was also available without the focal-plane shutter).[2] The standard lens is a 105 mm f/3.5 Schneider Xenar in a Synchro-Compur shutter, giving speeds 1 - 1/500 second, plus 'B' and 'T'.[3] Dario Mondonico states that lenses from 65 mm to 360 mm were available.[2]

In 1955, the Kobell was redesigned as the Kobell Film, making ten 6x7 cm images on 120 roll film.

Only about 400 Kobell cameras were made.[2] Mario Giacomelli used one.[4]


  1. A now-deleted page at the Japanese-language Fotocamera Italiane (copy of the top page at Internet Archive, 28 September 2013) showed a picture of the Kobell with a focusing hood.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Boniforti e Ballerio cameras including the Kobell, with a picture of the kobell with three lenses, at Dario Mondonico's Mistermondo.com site.
  3. Kobell with 105 mm f/3.5 Xenar sold at the seventh Westlicht Photographica Auction, in May 2005.
  4. Photograph (by M. Martino) showing Giacomelli with his Kobell at Mario Giacomelli's website.


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