|Alpa Reflex 11 e / el /si|
|In 1970, the match-needle exposure control was replaced from model 11e
upwards by LEDs (light-emitting-diodes).
At the end of the 1960s and at the beginning 1970s, Pignons employed an all-time record of about 70 people and produced around 200 ALPA cameras per month. This was a huge number for a camera that was manufactured manually by skilled craftsmen. It is, of course, only the output of a few minutes on an automated camera production line. In that year did Pignons SA finally give up their original business of supplying parts to the watchmaking industry.
With the ALPA 11el a new model appeared on the market in 1972 with improved mirror and shutter.
With the introduction of the model 11si in 1976, the CdS-cells (cadmium-sulphide) that had been used since model 9d were replaced by Si-cells (silicon).
The body of the 11si is said to contain 738 single parts of which 575 are different.