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Japanese pseudo TLR (edit)
Prewar and wartime models
4.5×6 Hansa Rollette Ref | Roll Light Ref | Union Ref
4×4 Pilot Ref (4×4)
3×4 Alma Baby Ref | Baby Ref | Baby Roll Ref | Chukon Ref | Clover Baby Ref | Mario Ref | Pilot Ref | Prince Baby Ref | Truth
Postwar models
6×6 Cometflex | Dox New Six | Elliotte | Flex-O-Cord | Honestflex | Koniken | Mikono Flex C | Oplen Junior | Palma Brilliant | Rionflex | Rosko Brilliant | Topflex | Vesterflex
4.5×6 Binox | Maruso Refe
4×4 Herlight
Japanese true TLR ->
Japanese 6×6, 4.5×6, 3×4 and 4×4, 4×5 and 4×6.5 ->

The Cometflex is a Japanese 6×6 pseudo TLR, probably made in the 1950s. It is attributed to a company called Kondo Optical Works.[1]

Description Edit

The Cometflex is extremely similar to the Spartus Full-Vue made by Spartus Corp. and to the Carlton-Reflex made by Utility Mfg. Co. and distributed by Allied Camera Supply Co.

The camera is shaped as a box. The advance knob, Time and Instant selector and release lever are placed on the right-hand side, as seen by the photographer. There is an accessory shoe and a two-pin female plug on the left, perhaps for flash synchronization. The viewing hood has a striated pattern, and consists of a single door, providing no protection for the light coming from behind. The L-shaped back is hinged to the bottom and is locked in the closed position by a large spring latch. The film advance is controlled via a single uncovered red window, around the middle of the back.

The lens is a fixed-focus f/8 meniscus achromat. The front plate has art-deco style patterns, with the camera name inscribed at the top, and the words KONDOX and MADE IN JAPAN at the bottom.

Variations Edit

The camera is known in two minor variations. One has the name Cometflex in one word, and has the lens marking comet achromat F:8.[2] The other has the name Comet flex in two words, and has sakura achromat F:8 on the lens rim.[3]

Notes Edit

  1. Sugiyama, items 4118–9.
  2. Example pictured in Sugiyama, item 4118, and example observed in an online auction.
  3. Example pictured in Sugiyama, item 4119, and example pictured in Takasaki, p.66 of Kurashikku Kamera Senka no.49 (they are perhaps the same).

Bibliography Edit

This camera is not listed in Kokusan kamera no rekishi.

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