The Miom Photax III is a French device, manufactured between 1947 and 1961.
MIOM stands for Manufacture d’Isolants et d’Objets Moulés. It is a company from Vitry sur Seine which diversified its production in the 1930’s by making cameras from the same materials used to produce electrical insulators.
Photax cameras were as successful as Kodak cameras at the time. However, production was halted in 1962 as sales declined following the removal of the shutter release from the camera body.
A distinctive feature of this model is its telescopic lens barrel. The lens barrel has to be extended (by unscrewing it) for the lens to focus properly.
- Type: viewfinder camera,
- Viewfinder: Galilei type optics,
- Film format: film 620, 6*9 cm,
- Lens: meniscus, Boyer series VIII,
- Shutter speed: 1/100, 1/25 and B exposure,
- Aperture: f/8 and f/11,
- Materials: Bakelite,
- Weight: 355g empty,
- Dimensions: 160 * 95 * 65mm.
Where to find it and at what price ?
The Miom Photax III is very common in attics and flea markets. You can find it for 10€ or 15€. Personally, I got it for 15€ in very good condition.
The Photax III model being their best selling product, you will find it at a low price.