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Alpa Reflex 8b


The ALPA 8 is basically a model 7 with an added split.image focusing screen. The first 19 cameras of this model where marked 7s (for 'split' image).

Only 245 Alpa 8 were made all in all, which makes them highly valued by collectors.

The b-models (1959) had a rapid return mirror and the typical ALPA film advance lever. It had to be operated front-to-back rather than in the more common back-to-front mode. This unusual arrangement simplified the construction and allowed the user to keep his eye close to the camera's eyepiece while operating the lever.

88 Alpa 8b's were black ones. The last black Alpa of the second generation, an 8b, was assembled in 1988 from remaining parts and given the serial number 70000 for the 70th anniversary of Pignons SA, the maker of Alpa.


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