Tessina camera

c. 1961 in Switzerland
Concava Ag

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Tessina camera A subminiature camera for 35mm film loaded into special cassettes, fitted with a Tessinon f2
The Kodak Collection at the National Media Museum, Bradford
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Tessina camera. Subminiature camera for 35mm film 14 x 21mm. Coated tessinon lens F: 25mm f 2.8-22. 2 blade shutter 2/4/8/15/30/60/125/250/500/B/X/F/M flash synchronisation. Coaxial socket. Clockwork motor for automatic wind on. Reflex focusing viewfinder, adjustable to 1 foot, depth of field indicator. Collapsing sports finder, optical type. Film at right angle to optical path of lens. Pictures taken via surface of a silvered mirror. With wrist strap. Manufactured by Concava AG, Switzerland. c.1961

Tessina camera made by Concava in Switzerland from 1956 to 1966.

A subminiature camera for 35mm film loaded into special cassettes. The Tessina took 35mm film which ran horizontally through the camera. A mirror behind the lens reflected the image on to the film. A second lens, coupled to the taking lens, produced an image on a reflex focusing screen, fitted with a folding hood which incorporated an optical frame viewfinder. The Tessina was small enough to be worn on the wrist - a detachable strap was supplied for this purpose.


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aluminium (metal), glass and leather
camera: 53 mm x 65 mm x 20 mm, .18 kg
Strap: 232 mm x 34 mm
subminiature camera
  • tools and equipment
  • equipment by process
  • image making equipment
  • camera (form)
The Kodak Collection at the National Media Museum, Bradford

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