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Subject: [Leica] Re: So.. what is the deal with Alpa Cameras?
From: creativevisions at (Michael J Herring)
Date: Fri Mar 18 02:10:41 2005
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Do you know where one could still find a late model Alpa SLR in the USA?
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From: "JCB" <>
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Sent: Wednesday, March 16, 2005 1:18 AM
Subject: [Leica] Re: So.. what is the deal with Alpa Cameras?

>I personally knew the owners of Pignons S.A., Samual Bourgeois and his
>Benjamin, and visited them many times during the late 60's and 70's. They
>even made some custom Alpas for me. The new MF Alpa has nothing to do
>the old Alpa company. The new folks bought the Alpa name. Alpa history
>be seen at:
> JB
> At 08:31 PM 3/15/2005, Seth Rosner wrote:
>>Eric, this very high quality MF camera is the successor to a line of
>>high quality Swiss 35mm cameras whose prodution started in the 1940's by
>>company called Pignons, S.A. in Ballaigues, Suisse, that also
>>parts, gears, levers etc. for the top-line Swiss watch manufacturers.
>>were very quirky; early models were rangefinders, next lines featured
>>rangefinder and reflex focusing in the same camera (!!!)and the final
>>models were strictly SLRs. Alpa made no lenses. They were furnished in
>>Alpa mount by Kern, Schneider-Kreuznach, Angenieux, Kilfitt.
>>Their quirkiness made them relatively uinsuitable for what our group
>>photjournailsm or street photography as they are slow and
>>(e.g. the film advance-shutter cock lever protrudes from the front of
>>camera and is drawn clockwise toward the rear!!!) Thus it is very slow
>>deliberate in operation and was used more by scientists, laboratory and
>>research people than by PJ's.
>>Tom Abrahamssen, who used to collect them, describes having disassembled
>>very early model of which he said the shutter mechanism and gear train
>>the delayed action release were like the inside of a Patek Philippe or
>>Rolex watch while the rest of the camera looked like it came from a
>>tractor factory! Later models are magnificently made, rivaling even
>>contemporaneous Leitz and Zeiss production.
>>Take a look at the history that I believe is on the Alpa website. Capaul
>>and Weber are a Swiss couple who bought the Alpa name and mark from the
>>receiver in bankruptcy in about 1990 and proceeded to design and
>>manufacture this current Alpa camera that is built to space station
>>quality levels, nothing automatic whatever. They too do not make lenses
>>which are still produced for the Alpa by some of the world's finest
>>I have had several Alpa's and 50mm lenses recently and still have a
>>collector camera/lens combo like-new in box.
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