Polish cameras of post-WW II era
"In the middle of December 1958, Warsaw Photo-optical Factory held a conference, devoted to the topic of establishing new design concepts for future production. WZFO has currently a monopoly over the production of cameras (...) development program of WZFO can be regarded as the Polish photo-technical industry development program. The main assumption of WZFO is that, its production should meet the requirements of the market, by manufacturing all types of amateur cameras.
WZFO was thus to produce the following:
- A camera for beginners (DRUH)
- Popular miniature camera
- Miniature camera for advanced amateurs (FENIX)
- Twin-lens reflex (TLR) camera 6 x 6 cm. (START)
practically all basic types of amateur cameras (except obsolete bellows 6 x 6 and 6 x 9 cameras).
We need to digress here. During conference, it was found out, that high demand for expensive, high-quality equipment is an artificial phenomenon. It does not show true market needs, and it definitely doesn’t show where foreign development is heading. Reasons for this are snobbery of the buyers, speculative tendencies, and sometimes wrong price evaluation."
- Information published by PRL press.
The entire post-war production of photographic equipment in Poland was based on these guidelines, and I don’t think we need to elaborate on this any further.