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Iloca Electric

February 2005 - Three Iloca cameras

Iloca was a German company which was founded in about 1948 by a man called Illing - the name of the company (originally Ilca) is derived from his name and the word "camera." A few years later it was taken over by Wilhem Witt.

The Iloca Electric was introduced in 1958 and seems to have been discontinued the following year, after an aborted attempt to introduce a second model, the Iloca Auto-Electric.
It is a 35 mm. camera with a motor drive powered by two 1.5 v. batteries. Iloca claimed that the batteries would last for about 1,000 exposures. The motor could give single shots or, with continuous pressure on the release button, a series of shots at approximately one second intervals.
The interchangeable lens mount is a bayonet fitting unique to this camera; several lenses were available including 35 mm. f/4 Eurygon, 35 mm. f/4.5 Culmigon, 50 mm. f/1.9 Heliogon, 50 mm. f/1.9 Quinon, 50 mm. f/2.8 Culminar, 50 mm. f/2.8 Ysarex, and 135 mm. f/4 Rotelar.
The brilliant-frame viewfinder covers 35 mm. (whole area), 50 mm. (outer frame) and 135 mm. (inner frame) lenses. A centre spot in the viewfinder shows the coupled co-incident image rangefinder which works for all lenses.
The built-in coupled match-needle selenium meter has both a top-plate and viewfinder display.
The Synchro-Compur shutter offers 10 speeds from 1 second to 1/500 second, plus B. In addition, a time exposure scale is marked in green for use with the B setting. The shutter has X and M synchronization and there is a self-timer.
There is an accessory shoe on the top plate and a co-axial socket for flash on the front of the camera.
The Iloca Electric is finished in grey plastic and satin chrome.
This camera was not cheap. In 1958 the Iloca Electric with 50 mm. f/1.9 Rodenstock Heligon cost about £99 10s. whereas in 1959 the camera with 50 mm. f/2.8 Rodenstock Ysarex cost about £88.
The high price and short production period combine to make this an unusual camera these days. It is even more difficult to find within the UK as the camera was subject to import restrictions.
In the USA the Electric was marketed as the Graphic 35 Electric by Graflex.

The Iloca Automatic is another camera dating from about 1958. It was made with several different lenses including a Rodenstock Ysarex 50 mm. f/2.8 lens, Cassarit f/2.8 50 mm. lens and Heligon f/2 50 mm. lens. It was fitted with a Compur-Rapid or a Synchro-Compur shutter. The camera has coupled match-needle metering and a coupled rangefinder.It was also sold as the Photix Automatic (but not, as far as I can see, in the UK). Fitted with the Rodenstock Ysarex lens, it cost £52 6s. 2d. in 1959. It does not appear to have been sold in the UK after 1959.

The Auto-Electric would have been a cheaper Electric with a fixed lens, but in 1960 Agfa took Iloca over and the Auto-Electric eventually became the Agfa Selecta-m.

Iloca cameras are generally under-appreciated by collectors, perhaps because the most commonly seen Ilocas are simple cameras like the Iloca Quick. The Electric is a much more interesting and usable camera but it is also very difficult to track down - but then for collectors, a lot of the fun is in the chase.

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