Mundus cameras where manufactured in France from 1948 until 1976. A relatively long production, particularly as the cameras used 7.5m length of 16mm film and 500 exposures. The cameras are not common, not even in France.
Camérette was launched in 1948. It resembled the Ansco Memo of 1927 and worked in a similar fashion. It produced 50 exposures, 10x15mm, on 16mm film. The Guillotine shutter has speeds from 1 to 1/200 s. The screw mount for Ciné-Bertiot movie lenses.
The Mundus 16 appeared in 1950 which closely resembles the popular 8mm movie cameras of the 1950s and can only be identified by the Compur type shutter with lens mounted on the front. The Mundus 16 Mundor f2.5 25mm lens had a mechanical shutter and speeds from 1 to 1/400 s. The Mundus 16 focuses down to 80cm (30 inches) in a non-focusing mount. The viewfinder is a square tube on the top of the camera.
An upgrade offered a focusing mount with close focus to 20cm (7 7/8 inch). The viewfinder is incorporated through the body.
The double 8 film is loaded in reels with 7.50m of film.
In 1960 Mundus introduced the Mundus Color which has all the features of the previous model but allows interchangeable lenses. Tessar f2.7 20mm and a Microcolor Roussel f3.5 50mm telephoto where offered.
The Prontor shutter has speeds of 1 to 1/300 s. Format of 8x14mm.
Mundus Color TB-8/20
Introduced in 1966, a vertical camera, similar to Mundus 16 but with interchangeable lens. Format of 10x15mm. 20mm (f2.8-22). Speeds 1 - 1/300. Scale-focusing down to 50 cm (20 inches). Used 7.5m (25 feet) of film to produce 500 exposures.
Mundus Color Economique
Also introduced in 1966, a vertical camera, similar to Mundus Color. Format of 12x15mm. 20mm (f2.8-22). Speeds 1 - 1/300. Scale-focusing down to 50 cm (20 inches). Used 7.5m (25 feet) of film to produce 500 exposures on single perforated film.
Also introduced in 1966, a vertical camera, similar to Mundus Color Economique, but with shutter release on opposite side. Format of 12x15mm. 20mm (f2.8-22). Speeds 1 - 1/300. Scale-focusing down to 50 cm (20 inches). Used 7.5m (25 feet) of film to produce 500 exposures on single perforated film.
Mundus Color 60
The Color 60 was in production from 1960 until 1973. It has a Bertiot f2.8 20mm lens interchangeable with movie camera lenses. Well made, with lever action film advance. An aluminium body with a crackled finish.
Mundus cOlor 65
The last model in the range was produced from 1974 until 1976. It has an f2.8 25mm or 20mm focusing interchangeable lens. Format of 10x15mm. Used 7.5m (25 feet) of film to produce 400 exposures on single perforated film. The perforations are used to advance the film. Shutter speeds B,1 to 1/500 s, plus B. Apertures from f2.8 to f22.0. Focusing from 45cm (18 inches) to infinity.
http://glangl1.free.fr/Parole/Mundus.html Paul Théo, in French
book : "Les appareils photographiques francais" B. Vial
Last updated 15th June 2005