The Iloca Quick Series of cameras was introduced around 1952. This camera offered buyers a compact and capable camera for its day, which was straightforward to operate. There were several different Quick models, and plenty of different versions of each model. However they all had one thing in common - every Quick model had film wind knobs on the top plate, as opposed to the 'rapid' advance lever found on the Rapid models. Beyond that, some had shutter buttons on the lens (as is the case with the Iloca Quick-A shown) while others had the shutter button on the top plate. Some (but not all) sported an accessory shoe located in various positions on the top plate. Quick models were also available with a variety of lens and shutter configurations.
The biggest change that came with the introduction of the Quick models was the removable back and new film transport mechanism. This greatly improved the ease of loading the film and provided reliable film advance.
The Quick range continued for quite some time, despite the introduction of the Rapid models. Some of the Quick models were almost a carbon copy of their Rapid siblings, although most Quicks were devoid of at least a few of the more advanced features found on the Rapid models. There was usually no delayed action (self-timer) device, but Quick cameras did have a PC Flash contact, although without a choice of flash settings. Quick models usually came with a Jlitar F3.5 lens or similar (a slightly lower spec than Rapid models which usually featured Steinheil Cassar F2.8 lenses). There seems to be plenty of variety within the Quick range, and it is not surprising to see similar Quick cameras, each with slightly different specifications.
Functionally, the Iloca Quick is quite a compact camera with a nice, robust and uncluttered feel about it. This particular model, the Quick–A, has no metering and no rangefinder, although Quick–B versions did incorporate an in-built rangefinder. Athough this camera's specification is fairly conventional, to my mind the it has a delightful appearance that is very appealing, and it somehow seems to capture the essence of the 1950's perfectly. While it is no Leica or Voigtländer, I'm sure that it more than satisfied the needs of many people over the years.
One tip for opening the back on these cameras - pull the rewind knob upwards to its full extension. Then twist slowly clockwise and the springloaded mechanism should release the back. When replacing the back on earlier models, make sure the red dots on the camera back and the camera body are aligned.
A neat little 35mm camera with iconic 1950's appearance. Relatively simple camera but with a robust and well-built feel. Reliability is no longer a concern with this model, which is capable of producing quite acceptable results given the right conditions.
Specifications: Iloca Quick–A
Camera Type: 35 mm Compact Camera
Format: 35mm film format producing image sizes 24mm x 36mm
Shutter: Prontor–S or SV with speeds 'B', 1, 1/2, 1/5, 1/10, 1/25, 1/50, 1/100, 1/300 sec with V delayed action setting and X flash synch; or Vero with speeds 'B', 1/25, 1/50, 1/100, 1/200 sec and X flash synch
Lenses: Jlitar 1:3.5 / 45 mm, focus range 3 feet (0.9 metre) to ∞
Aperture: F3.5 to F22
Delayed Action: Prontor Shutter only
Flash Capability: Flash Contact Socket
Frame Counter: 0 to 36
Other Features: Accessory Shoe, Tripod Mount, Leather Camera Case, Instruction Manual, Box