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Ferrania Condor I
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Photos by Sylvain Halgand text by Sylvain Halgand. From the collection of Sylvain Halgand. Last update 2022-12-10 par Sylvain Halgand.

Manufactured or assembled in Italy from 1947 to (After) 1950.
Index of rarity in France: Rare (among non-specialized garage sales)
Inventory number: 1337

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Chronology of cameras Ferrania 

Traduction de Sylvain Halgand.

This camera resembling Leica, with its three windows in frontage (including two for the rangefinder), was manufactured since 1947 in Florence, then in Milan. It was conceived by Officine Galileo, manufacturer of optics since many years. Ferrania, hitherto manufacturer of consumable and bottom-of-the-range cameras joined Galileo so that this last manufactured in subcontracting a camera of top-of-the-range. Certain models can to be found without Ferrania inscription. Mine bears this name engraved on the higher cap.
In spite of certain resemblances to Leica, this Italian camera is with fixed lens. Its shutter is powerful, since it allows the 1/500 second. The lens is Eliog 3,5/5 cm. My camera is old (n° 016377), because the openings are marked up to 25, whereas thereafter, they stop to 22.

Ferrania Condor I


The company that would later become Ferrania had been manufacturing dynamite since 1882. During World War I, it became known as SIPE (Société Italienne Produits Explosifs) and supplied cannon powder to the Tsar of Russia. However, following the October Revolution, it began producing celluloid using its enormous stock of raw materials. Around 1917, it transformed into FILM, with Pathé Frères holding half of the company's shares for a period, and began manufacturing positive film for the cinema industry.

In 1932, FILM acquired Cappelli, a company specialized in glass plates. The company Film Cappelli Ferrania then produced films and photographic papers. In 1936, they initiated the production of cameras, and in 1938, the name was shortened to Ferrania. In 1964, 3M Minnesota became a shareholder, and the company was renamed Ferrania-3M.

In 1947, Ferrania introduced the first European color film, Ferraniacolor, and in 1981, they developed the most sensitive reversal film of the time (640 ASA), surpassing Kodak's Ektachrome High Speed.

(1) Collaboration with the founder of ICAF.

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