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Montanus Rocca 35
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Photos by Sylvain Halgand text by Sylvain Halgand. From the collection of Sylvain Halgand. Last update 2013-07-14 par Francois Landais.

Manufactured or assembled in Germany from 1958 to 0.
Index of rarity in France: Infrequent (among non-specialized garage sales)
Inventory number: 1104

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Chronology of cameras Montanus 

Traduction et compléments de Paul Winter

Montanus are not a very common make, as they only manufactured a range of TLRs & 35 mm cameras from 1952 to the early 1960s. The 35mm Roccas were a very conventional design, with few features to mark themout from their competitors.

Their main claim to originality was the ability to "retro-fit" a Bewi Automat exposure meter as an upgrade, after the camera was purchased. (Advertised as an "exclusive" Rocca feature) The example shown has the appearance of having a genuine exposure meter, but actually has none! In its place is an exposure calculator on the top plate. In 1959 the meter added 40% to the cost of the camera, so you can see why they offered the basic version

Prices from Practical Photography July 1959 :
Rocca 35 model 3 with calculator £21.5.7 - Meter 8 gns (£8.8.0) (The model 3 had an Ennit 4 elements 2.8 lens
Rocca 35 Model 4m with coupled meter £36.12.3
Rocca 35 Model 6 with coupled rangefinder £29.19.6

By contrast a Retinette 1 was £18.3.3 & a Retinette IIB was £29.12.11, both with 3 elements F2.8 lenses.

Montanus Rocca 35