camera was a French
-built brand of rangefinder cameras
made by Optique & Précision de Levallois
The camera was designed in 1938, but the Second World War
prevented its release, which finally occurred in 1945. The first Foca models were named "PF" (for petit format
, "small format") and distinguished by the number of stars. They had focal plane shutter
and interchangeable lenses on a screw mounting. The "PF1" (one star), later named "Standard", was the basic version without rangefinder. After 1949, the company developed a bayonet mount
version, called "Universel", with a series of lenses all coupled to the rangefinder. Optique & Précision de Levallois
(in short OPL
) made its own lenses under the brand "Oplar" and derivatives ("Oplarex", "Oplex"...).
Like the Contax II
, the Foca had the rangefinder integrated in the viewfinder. In 1961, the viewfinder became wider (magnification 1:1), collimated and corrected from parallax
The company also made 35 mm models for amateur market:
The production ceased in 1965.
<gallery>Image:Foca Sport II.jpg|A Focasport II with a flash</gallery>