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Pieces An on-line look at cameras etc. by Stephanie Marriott

Introduction

Heliomatic S2R

Heliomatic Trifo

Exposomat 8R

Exposomat 8T

Heliomatic Reflex 8

Heliomatic Reflex 8B

Heliomatic Focovario

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August 2000

Nizo was founded in 1925 by Messrs. Niezoldi and Kramer. In 1963 the company was bought by Braun. In the interim, Nizo made some excellent Standard-8 cine cameras, of which I have selected a few for mention here.

The Nizo Heliomatic S2R was introduced in the early 1950s. It has a built-in, coupled, match-needle meter with viewfinder display and a two-lens sliding mount. The lens mount and the direct vision optical viewfinder are coupled so the the field of view changes depending on which lens is in use. There is also a reflecting finder for use with the half-inch lens. The spring drive offers 5 filming speeds (8, 12, 16, 24, 64 f.p.s.) and single frame. There is backwind for lap dissolves and trick shots. In 1956 two options were offered - the Helio model has a focusing Rodenstock Heligon half inch f/1.5 lens and a Rodenstock Euron one and a half inch f/2.8 lens and cost over £180. The cheaper Heron model has a fixed focus Rodenstock Ronar half inch f/1.9 lens and a focussing Rodenstock Euron one and a half inch f/2.8 lens. This option cost almost £150.

In 1958 the specification of the camera changed slightly and the 12 f.p.s. was dropped. The camera appears to have been discontinued in about 1961.

A similar camera to the S2R is the Heliomatic Trifo, which has three lenses mounted on a slider bar. The camera was introduced in the UK in about 1959. It has a spring motor offering variable speeds with 8, 16, 32 and 64 f.p.s. marked on the speed dial - intermediate speeds could also be set. The camera also has single frame and backwind. The slider bar is coupled to a turret on which is mounted viewfinder conversion lenses so that the viewfinder shows the correct view for the lens in use. The lenses are also coupled to the match-needle metering system. There were several versions of this camera, all of which have a quarter inch f/1.6 Rodenstock Heligaron and one and a half inch f/2.8 Schneider Xenar. In 1959, the OPLAN had a fixed focus half-inch f/1.9 Schneider Xenoplan and cost almost £165, while the NEDAR had a focusing half-inch f/1.5 Schneider Xenar lens and cost about £180.

Nizo Exposomat

Nizo Exposomat

The Nizo Exposomat 8R was introduced to the UK in about 1957. It has a built-in, coupled exposure meter with match-needle viewfinder display and a two speed spring motor (16 f.p.s. and 24 f.p.s.) with single frame provision. Initially there was a single model available which takes the standard Kodak magazine then available for Standard-8. This camera has a Rodenstock Ronar 12.5 mm. f/1.9 fixed focus lens and cost over £75 in 1957.

By 1958 there were three Exposomat 8R models. The EXPOS took the Nizo Rapider charger and was fitted with a Rodenstock Ronar 12.5 mm. f/1.9 fixed focus lens; it cost over £65 in 1958. The EXHEL also took the Nizo Rapider charger but it had a focussing Rodenstock Heligon f/1.5 half-inch lens and cost over £85. The EXMAG accepted the Kodak magazine and had a Steinheil Culminon f/1.9 13 mm. fixed focus lens. The EXMAG cost over £65.

In about 1959 the Nizo Exposomat 8T was introduced. This has the same specification as the Exposomat 8R but it accepts spool-loading Standard-8 film. It was fitted with a Steinheil Culminon f/1.9 13 mm. fixed focus lens and cost nearly £60 in 1959.

The Exposomat models appear to have been discontinued in about 1961, by which time two new cameras had been introduced, both of them with reflex viewing.

The Nizo Heliomatic Reflex 8 has three lenses on a sliding mount - a Rodenstock Heligaron f/1.6 6.6 mm., a Rodenstock Ronar f/1.9 12.5 mm. and a Rodenstock Euron f/2.8 37.5 mm. The spring motor offers 5 filming speeds (8, 16, 24, 32 and 64 f.p.s.). In 1960, the Reflex 8 cost a little over £200.

In about 1962 this model was replaced by the Reflex 8B which has the same lens complement. Two of the lenses can be interchanged but the match-needle metering is only coupled to the standard lens. In 1962, the Reflex 8B with three lenses cost over £225. A Tele-Ennalyt 135 mm. f/2.8 lens was available - this cost over £55 in 1962.

The camera was discontinued by 1964.

Nizo Focovario

Focovario

The Heliomatic Focovario was introduced in 1960. It has a reflex viewfinder, coupled match-needle metering, flash contact for use with single frame, a spring motor offering five filming speeds (8, 16, 24, 32 and 64 f.p.s.), backwind and a frame counter. Initially the camera was offered with a choice of lens - either an Angenieux f/1.8 9 mm. to 36 mm. zoom or a Schneider Variogon f/2.8 10 mm. to 40 mm. zoom. In either case, the price was over £200 in 1960. The option for the Angenieux zoom seems to have been droppped quite quickly and by 1962 a new lens is offered, a Schneider f/1.8 8 mm. to 48 mm. zoom. The price for the camera is less, probably because of changes in UK sales taxation, at just over £190. The Focovario was discontinued in about 1964.

None of these cameras are easy to find now, but they have good specifications and are stylish cameras for use (bearing in mind the higher cost of Standard-8 film compared with Super-8) or collecting.

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