Alpa was the brand name for high end reflex cameras made by the Swiss company, Pignons S.A. The original 1940's design by Jacques Bolsky was revolutionary for its time. It was a high end camera with a reputation for precise elegance, much like that of a Leica M cameras of the time. The front facing ratchet advance lever worked opposite to most other cameras. The shutter release was mounted on the front of the camera where it could be coupled to lenses thereby stopping down the aperture at the same time. The camera back was removable allowing accessory backs to be mounted.
|A black Alpa 9d with 90mm Schacht Alpa-Altenar lens and a 135mm Schneider-Kreuznach Tele-Zenar next to it.|
|An early 80-250mm Enna zoom lens is mounted on this silver 9d.|