The ALPA 8 is basically a model 7 with an added split.image focusing
screen. The first 19 cameras of this model where marked 7s (for 'split'
Only 245 Alpa 8 were made all in all, which makes them highly valued
The b-models (1959) had a rapid return mirror and the typical ALPA film
advance lever. It had to be operated front-to-back rather than in the
more common back-to-front mode. This unusual arrangement simplified
the construction and allowed the user to keep his eye close to the camera's
eyepiece while operating the lever.
88 Alpa 8b's were black ones. The last black Alpa of the second generation,
an 8b, was assembled in 1988 from remaining parts and given the serial
number 70000 for the 70th anniversary of Pignons SA, the maker of Alpa.