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MIOM - Photax III blindé (1947 - 1951)

Bakelite cameras

In 1938, while Germany eyes up on Czechoslovakia, the Frenchmen discover paid leaves. With the first vacations, the request for solid and cheap cameras is important. Two years ago, the Company "Manufacture d'Isolants et d'Objets Moulés" (MIOM) has already begun a diversification of its production by producing cameras made with the same raw material as what they uses to produce its electrical insulating equipments.

The great experience of this company in the molding technics and the inspired drawing of one of its designer, are the reason of the incredible success of the Photax II which will introduce in 1947 the Photax III blindé (blindé = reinforced).

The tapering line of its body cuts drastically with the classical form of the boxes and Foldings.

A helical tube, that can be retracted into the body of the camera, supports the central shutter. This one has two apertures (marked 1 and 2) and offers three speeds : 1/100 sec, 1/25 sec and pause T.

The lens is a Boyer Série VIII operating within a distance range of 2,75 m to the infinite.

A big cap made of black bakelite, labeled " Photax ", protects the lens. Once in position, it imprisons the shutter release preventing any untimely shot. This camera uses format 620 rollfilm (negative 6 x 9 cm).
In 1955, la company MIOM puts on the market the Photax III VA which has the same characteristics than the Photax III blindé. Its design remains the same, only a metal plate decorates the shutter around the lens and the film advance wheel is now grey or black.

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