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An interesting American press camera of the ’40 years.

Along with Omega, ,

The Printex, ,

The Kalart , , it was an intelligent proposal breaking to the established construction rules and giving to the consumer a new proposal. This camera was clearly inspired in the Zeiss Super Ikonta series. It was built in order to fulfill a gap among them with a versatile and relatively compact camera. In the 60 Years Japanese technicians felt this same gap , resurrected the idea and put on production various similar cameras as the Marshall Press, The Mamiya Press The Koni-Omega and the Horseman.

Vidmar Camera Co.

The October 1948 'Giant Directory' issue lists the Vidax for the first time. (Left description).


The left side advertisement announced  the prototype Vidax with an exposure counter dial and Roll Film Size: 620 film. The right one is the commercially ready type to production, doesn't mention the counter but announced the 120 film as well as the 620 Roll Film Size. Beside that the two cameras have a completely different housing.

This American made Professional press camera. can take 8 pictures 6x9, 12 pictures 6x6 and 16 pictures 6x4.5 in both 120 and 620 film. Lenses of 65mm, 80mm, 101mm, and 127mm operate in a coupled and adjustable range viewfinder. Only 100 cameras built before bankruptcy.

Now the most interesting fact was that I was commenting about this camera with a friend and in the next day I was choked with Rebecca Grambo comment in Photonet Classic Cameras Forum telling her contact with the daughter of Vic Yager the camera designer.

Vidax #8 and a story

Rebecca Grambo, Sep 25, 2011; 07:04 p.m.

I mentioned in a comment on a post about a Vidax that I had just come across one in a estate collection that I was handling. Days later, I was delighted to receive an email from the inventor's daughter asking for more information about the camera and also telling me how her father designed and manufactured the camera in the basement of their home. I've just finished photographing the camera and emailing her the photos of what, from the number stamped above the viewfinder, appears to be the 8th Vidax made. Thought you all might enjoy the story as well as a picture of this wonderfully unique camera. It really is like handling history.



Vidax nº8

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