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The cast-metal bodied viewfinder camera Sida was made in 1936 by Fritz Kaftanski's Sida GmbH of Berlin. It is a simple camera, making 25x25-mm images on unperforated, paper-backed 35mm 'Sida' roll-film. According to McKeown, versions of the camera were also made with bodies of a bakelite material, in France, Poland, Italy (by Guiseppe Pozzoli in Milan), and Britain (by Sida Cameras Limited of London).[1]

A later bakelite model was sold as the Sida Extra; McKeown notes only that it has the word 'Extra' moulded into the body, and is otherwise very similar to the original model.[1] Similarly, later metal-bodied cameras were sold as the Sida Standard

The camera has a simple 'I' and 'B' shutter and an f/8 meniscus lens. The shutter release may be a metal tab underneath, or a lever on the front, beside the lens. The camera has a little optical viewfinder, which is demountable on some versions of the camera. This is to allow the use of a small folding wire-frame finder. The camera has a red window for film advance.

After the war Kaftanski revived the camera as the Sidax, produced in Paris.


  1. 1.0 1.1 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). p893-4.