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Lumière Super Eljy (Type 3)


Lumière Super Eljy (Type 3)
Lumière Super Eljy (Type 3)
Manufacturer: Lumière
Produced: 1940
Body Type:Extending Body
Film type:30mm Rollfilm
Film Width:29mm
Image Size:35mm x 23mm
No. of Images:8
Lens Type:Lypar Anastigmat
Focal Length:40mm
Focus Type:Variable
Focus Range:0.5m to inf
Aperture Type :Variable Iris
Aperture :f/3.5 to f/20
Shutter Type:Pivoted two-blade return
Shutter Speeds:T,B,I(1/25, 1/50, 1/100, 1/125 sec)
Size Open (w x h x d):78 x 64 x 57 mm
Size Closed (w x h x d):78 x 52 x 43 mm

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The Lumière Eljy was manufactured between 1937 and 1960. There was a significant excusion from the original design in 1951 when the Eljy Club was brought out. It was a modernised version of the Super Eljy with a superior lens and shutter, and was equipped with an extinction meter.

This version of the design is the Super Eljy (Type 3) and is a very hansome camera which is extremely well built. It is a small camera but the frame size is the same as a 35mm camera. The use of roll film allows it to dispense with the sprocket holes. Unfortunately, you only get 8 images on the film.

The lens board and shutter are attached to a chrome tube which is extended during use. The shutter provides speeds of T,B and instantaneous speeds ranging from 1/25s to 1/125s. The aperture is an iris type giving a range from f/3.5 to f/20. It has front lens focussing which can go from infinity down to just 0.5m. It has a flip up viewfinder on the top of the camera. This viewfinder can be adjusted to account for parallax issues when close-ups are being taken. It has a red window with cover for advancing the film.

A tripod socket and a remote cable release socket are provided. The film door latch is marked with 'F'(Fermé - Closed) and 'O'(Ouverte - Open).

How to Use

The camera takes special 30mm film which is only available as expired film. Expired film normally needs to be overexposed by 1 stop/decade for colour film or 1 stop per 2 decades for B&W.

35mm film is too wide for the spools. You can cut down 120 film but you will probably have to develop the film yourself.

Looks like this is a 'shelf sitter' for the time being I'm afraid.