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1948-1950. 35mm film, viewfinder camera. 1/200 (1948) or 1/300 (1949-1950) shutter.

SEM: Orenac camera

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by Madd10 » Mon Jul 07, 2014 2:35 pm

What is the difference with the Orenac III ?

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by diser » Mon Jul 07, 2014 3:24 pm

Shutter is 1/200 (1948) or 1/300 (1949-1950)
1/400 on Orenac III (1950-...)
Maybe there is something else too.

I'll dig deeper later today.

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by diser » Mon Jul 07, 2014 9:23 pm

The other difference J.-P. Francesch suggests is - trigger on the lens barrel for III, and on the top housing otherwise. I don't think this is accurate though.

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by Daniel C » Tue Jul 08, 2014 12:30 am

If we take reference from the great book of Bernard Vial about the history of the French cameras from 1940 to 1960,
the main différences between the Orenac III and the first Orenac are as follows:
- Orec Shutter providing 1/400 sec. replaces the previous Prontor II
- Body is covered with black leatherette instead of paint coat ( some variations of the model III has the top of the film winding buttons also covered with leather)
- the big focussing helical is made of chromium plated brass instead of aluminum
- The lens is fitted with a baionet mount to install filters
The Orenac III was available with Angénieux 2.9 or Berthiot 2.8 lenses .
The shutter coccking is made by means of a lever located on the lens block but the shutter release button is on the top of the body.
Attached is a picture of an Orenac III from my collection
SEM - Orenac 3 small.jpg

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by diser » Wed Jul 09, 2014 7:51 pm

Ouch, I forgot that I have this book too. Should have looked in there as well.
Oh, wait, I can't read French!

Thanks, Daniel!

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by Madd10 » Fri Jul 11, 2014 10:26 am

Looks like this is the Orenac then - I found some pictures here, not sure if you can use these. ... sem-orenac
Orenac 3.jpg
Orenac 2.jpg
Orenac 1.jpg

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