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Royer Savoy I
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Manufactured or assembled in France from 1956 to (After) 1957.
Index of rarity in France: Infrequent (among non-specialized garage sales)
Inventory number: 1103

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Traduction de C. Akgungor.

In 1956, Royer announced this camera as Royer 35. On of its features put forward was the fact that it was possible to load this camera without taking it out of its case. The pictures we find in the old catalogs show this camera with a Royer 35 tag instead of Savoy.

Meanwhile, the biggest Chinese torture of 1956 was probably to try to load this camera with a film. Actually, only the rectangular plate on the bottom of the lens can be separated from the body, leaving a ridiculously small aperture for placing the film inside. This shutter/lens/plate group can be removed in order to be used on an enlarger. But Royer had to modify quickly the design error due to the dissatisfied customers. This first model is replaced by a second with an opening back, while preserving the removable plate group.

The viewfinder of this first Savoy is small, although the announce was talking about a 'Big optical viewfinder'
When launched first, the camera's price was 20.960 FF.

Royer Savoy I
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