Vasconcellos

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D.F. Vasconcellos S.A. (owned by Decio Fernandes de Vasconcellos) was a camera maker in São Paolo, Brazil.[1] The company made cheap and simple cameras. Vasconcellos also produced an 'Optical Set'; a kit of optical components and mountings to allow students to study optics, and construct microscopes, telescopes etc. by assembling the elements.[2]

Cameras

  • Bieka (metal-bodied 6x9 cm box camera, as pictured here)[1][3]
  • Flika (plastic camera for 6x9 or 4.5x6 cm on 120 film)
  • Kapsa (plastic-bodied box camera for 6x9 or 4x6 cm on 120 or 620 film)[1]
  • Plik (a close copy of the Bilora Boy; bakelite box camera for 4x6.5 cm on 127 film)
  • Tuka (plastic camera for 127 film. McKeown compares it to the Ansco Cadet II and III, and suggests Vasconcellos may have acquired the Ansco moulds.[1] The Tuka lacks the Cadet's 'B&W/Color' film selector dial, but the Zina has this control)[3]
  • Zina 25 (cream-coloured plastic camera for 127 film; as above, a copy of the Ansco Cadet II, with a selector dial for B&P (branco e preto; white & black) or Cores (colour) film)[3]

Notes

  1. ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 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). p944-5.
  2. ↑ US Patent 3112570 of 1963, Optical Set, at Espacenet, the patent search facility of the European Patent Office.
  3. ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 Cameras Antigas shows pictures of the Bieka (19th camera from the top, in a very long page, with bright yellow leatherette - perhaps re-covered), Plik, Tuka (41st picture from the top) and Zina 25.
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