The Précidès is a metal-bodied box camera for 6×9 cm pictures on 620 roll film, from about 1950. Collection Appareils attributes the camera to a company named MAPED, of Annecy in the Haute-Savoie departement of France, near Geneva, suggesting that the camera’s name is a contraction of ‘Précision’ and ‘Dessin’ from that company’s full name. It has an ‘I’ and ‘B’ shutter, selected by the left-hand control (the user’s left) of the two below the lens, and released by the button at the bottom right. The other control selects between two aperture stops. It has a reverse-Galilean viewfinder on the right side (the notes at Collection Appareils comment that the camera itself blocks more than half of the view in the finder) and a plastic strap handle on the top. The film is advanced with a winding knob and red window.