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CMF Bencini

Here are the Art Deco CMF Bencini cameras in my collection with date of introduction and film type.

I use a star system to rate cameras against their Art Deco credentials.

RatingArt Deco Credentials
star star star star starIconic: Famous, well-known and celebrated
star star star starSignificant: Pronounced and self evident
star star starNoteworthy: Worth giving special attention
star starAcceptable: Modest and restricted
starLimited: Minor and insubstantial

CMF Bencini

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Antonio Bencini founded ICAF in 1937, in Milano, Italy. The Roby, the Gabry and the Delta were manufactured by the company. The company changed it's name to CMF just before WWII in 1939. The Etna and Argo cameras were released but the company soon ceased producing cameras in order to manufacture aeroplane components for the war effort. In 1946 the name changed again to C.M.F. Bencini. In the early 1950s, the name was again changed to Bencini S.p.a. The company continued designing and manufacturing cameras until the late 1984.