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Candid Camera Corp of America Perfex Fifty Five
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Photos by DB text by Sylvain Halgand. From the collection of DB. Last update 2024-02-22 par Sylvain Halgand.

Manufactured or assembled in USA from 1940 to (Circa) 1947.
Index of rarity in France: Rare (among non-specialized garage sales)
Inventory number: 12335

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Chronology of cameras Candid Camera Corp of America 

The cameras manufactured by Candid Camera Corporation of America are mostly called Perfex, and there is often confusion between the model name and the brand.

With the exception of the premier and last models, Perfex cameras all look alike.
They all use 135 film.
The lower part of their body is black. The metal cover is usually metallic in color. It incorporates the viewfinder and rangefinder. Depending on the model, there may also be a extinction light meter.
Some models have interchangeable lenses.
The difference from one model to another often lies in the lens and its maximum aperture.


  Year Lens Lightmeter Shutter

Perfex Speed Candid
Candid Camera Corp of America Perfex Speed Candid c. 1938 Graf
3.5/50 mm
Yes Focal plzn
Perfex Forty Four
Candid Camera Corp of America Perfex Forty Four c. 1939 Scienar
2.8/50 mm
Perfex Thirty Three
  c. 1940 Graf
3.5/50 mm
Perfex Fifty Five
Candid Camera Corp of America Perfex Fifty Five 1940 Wollensak Velostigmat
2.8/50 mm
No
Perfex Fifty Five
Candid Camera Corp of America Perfex Fifty Five 1940 Scienar
3.5/50 mm
Yes
Perfex Twenty Two
  1941 Scienar
3.5/50 mm
Perfex One-O-One
Candid Camera Corp of America Perfex One-O-One 1947 Wollensak
4.5/50 mm
No Central
Perfex One-O-Two
Candid Camera Corp of America Perfex One-O-Two 1948 Wollensak
4.5/50 mm
Perfex de Luxe
Candid Camera Corp of America Perfex de luxe 1947 Wollensak Velostigmat
2.8/50 mm
Focal plan
Perfex de Luxe
Candid Camera Corp of America Perfex de luxe 1947 Wollensak Velostigmat
2.8/50 mm
Cee-ay 35
Candid Camera Corp of America Cee-ay 35 1948 Wollensak
4.5/50 mm
Central

Perfex cameras were manufactured for about a decade. They are often criticized for their lack of reliability.

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The Perfex Fifty Five may be considered the successor to the Forty Four. It differs in few aspects. The slow speeds are adjusted by a wheel located on the front face rather than by an F/S lever. This lever had already disappeared on late models of the Forty Four. The Fifty Five is offered with a wider range of lenses, including for the standard lens, allowing for a greater variety of prices to offer to customers. 

There are Fifty Five models without an extinction meter.

Candid Camera Corp of America Perfex Fifty Five





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