FLEXARET AUTOMAT VI. The Flexaret twin lens reflex cameras are a product of the Czechoslovakian company. Meopta (manufacturers of enlarging equipment) . The Flexaret manual linked at the top of this review has a decent explanation of this system on page 18 of the PDF manual (its the one that. I just got a Flexaret VI and was wondering if anyone knew where I could get an english manual. I’ve seen one for the VII, are they similar?.

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A cool feature of the focusing system is that you can use it with or without stops. Somehow they managed to survive through the collapse of the Soviet Union, and inbecame a privately owned company once again. It is very helpful.

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Kids these days will never know the pleasure of seeing your teacher writing on the wall! Five blades single flexwret shutter. It is very hard to get a grip on from outside of the camera, so to make it easier, if you open the film compartment, there is a little pin behind the lever that you can push out on that will allow you to grip it.

Once you mamual it out, it can dlexaret turned clockwise or counter clockwise, it does not matter. When doing this, a 24 exposure roll will get you 32 shots, and a 36 exposure roll will get you In a nutshell, all you need to do is know the EV value of a scene, set the camera to that value, and then you are free to change aperture or shutter speed and the exposure will always be the same.

This dual frame counter system is needed to shoot rolls with 24 or 36 exposures. I did check into having the mirror replaced but it would have cost about more than I originally paid for the camera. I tried moving mine but it did not budge.

A red dot manuap be visible when the shutter is unlocked. TLRs are an interesting type of camera.


Meopta Flexaret VII (1968)

I was able to give the taking lens a good cleaning so I loaded in a roll of Kodak Ektar and went shooting. Flexxaret results speak for themselves, the Meopta lenses are outstanding. This line of cameras would be re-released as the Flexette inwhich would be the basis for future Flexaret models. It made things totally clear for me. Do you have a picture of your baffle and one vlexaret how to place it inside film compartment? Once you reach the 10th exposure, the right counter goes to 0 and you must manually turn the left counter to 1, so that the left counter is 1, and the right counter is 0.

The VI model and its 35mm adapter.

The right frame counter is coupled to the camera and goes from 0 through 9. The frame counter on the left has to be manually turned by the photographer and is not internally coupled to anything. Focusing is pretty smooth and easy with the swiveling focus lever beneath the taking lens. Red window film counter 6X6 and 4,5X6 capabilities. Flexaret Standard Grey Model. The Minolta Autocord had a very similar type of focusing system which is said to be easier to use one-handed.

Loading way for 35mm on Flexaret VI. Once both baffles are in, and the transmission lever is correctly set with the number 45 in an upright position and 60 is upside down, the camera is ready for film.

When it comes to technology and precision instruments like cameras, you always think of Flexaert, Japan, the United States, and even England. This flexarett device switches 24×36 to 24×24 when using 35mm film. This is a pretty common problem with TLRs due to the large open cavity where the reflex mirror is.

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I did a quick wipe down of the body and lenses to get the grime off it, but I noticed that there was a lot of debris trapped inside of the viewfinder beneath the ground glass. See the image to the right showing the baffle correctly installed inside of the camera.

Mine begins with an 8, so that means it was made in I am assuming it has to be moved clockwise from its current 60 position. Thank you so much for this excellent article, it taught me how to properly operate this mechanical masterpiece.


Mike, thank you so much for this great article and review. I believe this Art Deco beauty will be a joy to use and permanently stay in the collection. Over the course of the next two decades, the Flexaret models would continue to evolve adding or changing a feature or two at a time culminating with the top of the line Flexaret VII from We talked a lot about the Roman and Ottoman Empires, the struggles of England and France, and how western colonization helped form the basis for the US.

Technical camera made in the twin lens Flexaret VI base. By the mid s, as tensions grew in Europe, Optikotechna became a major supplier of military optics for the Czech military.

Minolta Autocord – mike eckman dot com. When the camera arrived, I was delighted to see that not only was there an old camera in the case, but it mankal definitely a Flexaret VII!

Since Flexarets were made from —the possible values are 6, 7, 8, 9, and 0. The right side button is intended for intentional double exposure. The last major difference is in selecting the aperture and shutter speed. The company made all kinds of optics related products such as condensers and lenses. The camera was in pretty good shape and appeared to be in operating condition. Their lenses were used by other manufacturers for enlargers, binoculars, projectors, janual cameras.

My Thoughts TLRs are an interesting type of camera. Load the film like you would maanual any other TLR. Not only do I get an extra 4 exposures out of a roll, I prefer the aspect ratio of that over the 6 x 6.

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