Rolleiflex Old Standard Model 621


Well-used (and showing it), this old Rolleiflex is 80 and going strong. In spite of the cosmetics, the mechanicals are still just fine, and with some cleaning and and a little exercise, it is happily taking photos again after spending some time tucked away in the antique shop from which it was rescued. The 75mm f/3.8 Tessar taking lens is nearly perfect and produces frankly stunning images.

Mamiyaflex Automat A



An early Japanese Rolleicord derivative, the Mamiyaflex Automat A features automatic frame spacing and Olympus-made 75/3.5 coated Tessar-type lenses. Very well-built, it’s a slightly quirky camera but generally easy to use and quite capable.

Gone but not forgotten

Ciro-flex Model D


An American-made twin-lens reflex camera taking medium format 120 film, the Ciro-flex Model D is not fancy. It has a three element Wollensak Anastigmat 85mm f/3.5 taking lens in an Alphax shutter mounted to a simple steel body. The size of the negative goes a long way toward making up for any limitations imposed by the lens.


2 comments on “TLRs

  1. yeh~~good long-lasting humanistic photo-taking machine. While people almost forget those which were 80 years ago and have gone away, it holds them and is still going on and reminds us that time.
    The pre-war watcher is always watching things happening to the world we are, WWII, Korean War, Iron Curtain…and it shall being watching things happening in the future.

    • It is quite amazing to think about just how much history some of these old cameras have witnessed. My Rolleiflex (according to the date written on the mirror) was built in the last months of Weimar Germany, before the emergence of the Third Reich. Simply incredible that it survived the war, never mind the 70 years after that.

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