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Candid Camera Corp of America Cee-ay 35
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Photos by Jacques Bratières text by Jacques Bratières. From the collection of Jacques Bratières. Last update 2024-02-22 par Sylvain Halgand.

Manufactured or assembled in USA from (Circa) 1948 to (After) 1948.
Index of rarity in France: Rare (among non-specialized garage sales)
Inventory number: 2880

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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 Cee-Ay 35 was the last unit produced by the Camera Corporation of America in 1949. The Perfex range, slightly modified in 1944, was not a success and Cee-Ay 35 did not better. Molds and tooling were sold to Ciro who transformed this unit into a Ciro 35, before transferring fairly quickly, all at Graflex. The Cee-Ay 35 is rarer than its descendants. Their cover were bare brushed metal, the Ciro 35 have a metal stamped bare or painted black.

The ergonomics of Cee-Ay 35 is much better than the first models of the brand, including a distance setting very smooth and accurate. The rangefinder viewfinder remains separated from the normal viewfinder. However, the opening and closing of the case are particularly uneasy.

The Cee-Ay 35, aesthetically, is very successful. The combination of materials, shapes and colors is very well made.

Candid Camera Corp of America Cee-ay 35





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