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For the prewar and wartime Lyra Flex, see Lyra Flex.
The Lyraflex is a Japanese 6×6 TLR made in the 1950s. It is attributed to Katsuma Kōgaku by various sources. However the lens markings and shutter names seem to indicate that the company was still named Fuji Kōgaku at the time it made the Lyraflex.
The Lyraflex is an ordinary TLR. The taking and viewing lenses are geared together for focusing. Film advance is by knob and is controlled by a red window in the back, protected by a vertically sliding cover. The camera has a stepped nameplate written LyrafleX with a large "X" extended so that it underlines the rest of the word.
Pictures of two examples have been observed, both with an ASA bayonet synch and a self-timer. One of them is reported as having 1/200 top speed. No picture clearly shows the shutter name but the lens markings seem to be FUJIKOGAKU Terionar 1:3.5 f=80mm on the taking lens and LYRA Terionar 1:3.5 f=80mm on the viewing lens, only the taking lens having a serial number. The taking lens marking seems to indicate that the company had not yet changed its name to Katsuma Kōgaku and the viewing lens marking is similar to the marking observed on a postwar Lyra Six.
- ↑ McKeown, p. 456, probably after Sugiyama. This page at tlr-cameras.com cites the book by Sugiyama and Naoi and says about the same.
- ↑ One is presented in this page at Kan's Room, another has been observed in an online auction.
- McKeown, James M. and Joan C. McKeown's Price Guide to Antique and Classic Cameras, 12th Edition, 2005-2006. USA, Centennial Photo Service, 2004. ISBN 0-931838-40-1 (hardcover). ISBN 0-931838-41-X (softcover). P. 456.
The postwar Lyraflex is not listed in Kokusan kamera no rekishi.
|Fuji Kōgaku cameras ( )|
|prewar and wartime models||postwar models|
|Baby Lyra | Baby Lyra Flex | Baby Balnet||Dianette | Pionette||Lyravit||Balnet Four||Comex|
|Bakyna | Semi Lyra | Lyrax||Lyra Six | Lyra Flex||Lyra (6×9)||Semi Lyra | Pioneer||Lyra Six | Lyraflex|