Navax (35 mm)

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There is also the Navax for 127 film, made by Westfälische Kamera- und Apparatebau.

The Navax is a viewfinder camera for 24×36 mm exposures on 35 mm film. It was made in 1956 by INA-Werk in Herzogenaurach, near Nuremberg, Germany. It normally has an interchangeable Roeschlein Pointar 45 mm f/2.8 lens[1] with a 39 mm mounting thread.[2][3] An example with a Steinheil Noctar 5 cm f/2 (described in the auction listing as a prototype lens) was sold at auction in 2006.[4]

The camera has a metal focal plane shutter giving speeds up to 1/1000 second. Different sources report the slowest shutter speed differently: McKeown gives it as 5 seconds;[1] one auction listing gives it as 1/5 second (as illustrated here),[3] and two others give it as 1 second.[2][4] It is possible the confusion arises from the 'S' setting (flash synchronisation setting). There is also a 'B' setting.

The camera has an unusual rapid film-winding lever on the left of the camera, with the rewind knob in its hub. McKeown refers to examples without this feature, suggesting they were made with leftover parts after normal production finished.[1] There is a cold shoe and flash synchronisation sockets on top of the viewfinder.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 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). p445-6.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Normal Navax, no. 961 as a lot in a 2006 auction by auction Team Breker in Cologne.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Normal Navax, no. 768 as a lot in a 2010 auction by auction Team Breker in Cologne.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Navax with Steinheil Noctar 5 cm f/2 and green leather, as a lot in a 2006 auction by Team Breker Auction in Cologne.