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Certex Werlisa 110
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Manufactured or assembled in Spain from 1985 to (After) 1985.
Index of rarity in France: Rare (among non-specialized garage sales)
Inventory number: 1816

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Chronology of cameras Certex 

In the 1940s, the company Pawsa (Pablo A. Wehrli S.A.), owned by Pablo Adrian Wehrli Wild, imported and distributed photographic products.
Due to the limited volume and value of the Spanish market and the country's political isolation, the imported equipment was of medium quality. In 1952, Pawsa made the decision to manufacture photographic equipment in Barcelona by creating the company Certex. In 1953 and 1954, Certex manufactured Daci and Digna cameras using imported spare parts. Certex expanded, and in 1960, the first camera entirely manufactured in Spain, the Wesa I, was introduced.

During the 1960s, a particularly favorable fiscal policy for Spanish companies led to the gradual disappearance of competitors, which were considered mere subsidiaries of foreign companies. Improved productivity and cost reduction led Agfa to sign a subcontracting contract with Certex during the 1970s.


During the 1970s, Certex S.A. and Agfa had signed an agreement for the Spanish company to manufacture cameras for the German brand. These cameras bore the Agfa brand, except for a model called the Werlisa 110, which was manufactured to be sold in Spain. The Sensor shutter release was supplied by Agfa.

Certex Werlisa 110 Survolez l'image


The Sensor shutter release button consists of a 16 mm diameter orange-colored disc, set within a 0.7 mm high chrome-plated brass collar designed to guide the finger to the center. Below the disc is the button itself, with a very short travel (less than 0.5 mm). A pressure of 300 grams on the plastic disc is sufficient to trigger the shutter. The motion blur caused by the release is thus extremely limited. Agfa will gradually equip all new models with this trigger and make it their number one advertising feature.

The patent corresponding to this shutter release button was filed in Germany in 1968 (published in 1970) under the number DE 1622174, and then in the United States in 1972 (published in 1976) under the number US 3,950,773. The title of this patent is "Operating Means for Photographic Cameras."

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