Paxina Electromatic

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The Paxina Electromatic is a viewfinder camera for 4×4 cm pictures on 127 film, made by Braun from 1959-63.[1] It is similar in style and features to the 35 mm Paxette Electromatic. The lens is an Enna Ennagon or Staeble Katagon, both 50 mm f/5.6 and with fixed focus. The camera has a selenium meter with a trapped-needle mechanism for automatic exposure.[2] It has a green signal in the viewfinder when the light is adequate.[3] The film is advanced with a lever, but still using a red window.

The Paxina Electromatic was also sold rebadged as the Hapomatic by Porst.

German, French & Italian Cameras using 127 film
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Kolibri | Parvola | Pupille | Ranca | Reporter
folding Baby Ikonta | Baldi | Dolly | Goldi | Gucki
Ingo | Korelle | Makinette | Vollenda
4x4 Navax | Paxina Electromatic | Rothlar
4x6.5 Billy | Bob | Dolly | Goldi
Korelle | Panta | Piccolette | Rio
TLR see German TLRs
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3×4 rigid Fotobaby | Lynx | Super-Boy
folding Derby-Lux | Elax
pseudo TLR Auteuil | Longchamp
4×4 rigid Impera | Marly | Pari-Fex | Rubi-Fex | Top
4×6.5 rigid Photo-Magic
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3x4 Comet | Comet III | Cometa | Euralux
Ibis | Maxima | Piccolo | Tanit
4x4 Comet | Euralux | Ibis
4x6.5 & other Alfa | Delta | Relex | Rolet | Rondine

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). p156.
  2. The voltage from the selenium panel causes the needle of a galvanometer to move. When the shutter release button is pressed, the position of the needle physically limits how far the aperture closes down (or in some designs, how far it opens).
  3. The green exposure signal is ingenious. There is no lamp: a small flag attached to the galvanometer mechanism uncovers a tiny periscope, passing a spot of green-filtered daylight into the viewfinder whenever the meter needle lifts off its minimum position. The Yamato Palmat Automatic has the same feature.

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