West-Germany: Braun: 1958-1962:

A short epoch for a German:

Braun as a company was established around 1910 in Germany. (Some sources say 1906, other say 1915.) They started production of box cameras in 1948 and had some success with their Paxette rangefinder from 1954. Their only PP SLR, the Paxette Reflex, was introduced in 1958. Like many other producers in this period they experienced that the competition was too tough, and production ended in 1962. There are other cameras around carrying the Braun name, but they were produced by others. They are not on the Cosina list, so Chinon may have made them for some traders.
The Braun Kamerawerke produced slide projectors from 1955, and sold over 4 million till 1997. Since then the company has been reorganized and is now selling digital scanners and video cameras.

West-German company Braun came up with this Paxette Reflex in 1958. As most german brands they preferred a leaf shutter inside the lens. Most others delivered cameras with shutters in the camera, thus making it easier and less expensive to produce a variety of lenses. The number of leaf shutter lenses for these cameras was very limited, and the system died with the german brands. The Paxette Reflex was produced till 1962. Size: 129x95x43 mm (body). Weight: 675 gr. with lens. Sn. 18731.
The Steinheil Cassarit 50/2,8 lens. This was a fixed lens, coming with the less expensive editions of the camera. Sn. 1999390.
Light was measured through a selenium meter at the front, giving values in the black window to the right. By turning the dial until two arrows were matching, the correct shutter/aperture values were obtained. Note the winder arm on the back of the camera, not on the top as was usual. When winding, the very thin arm was led through a split between the metal top and the lower leatherette part.

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09.05 | 01:24

I have a vocal Bill Miranda camera lens number 620-929 it's the kind like you crank and it folds out like the old kind of camera lens with accordion style look

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28.04 | 23:31

The SB2 was a part of the S3-series, of which some 360 000 were made. Yours and mine differ with 98000, so not unlikely. Where did you pick it up? Good luck!

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28.04 | 19:45

I recently picked up an SB and SB2. The SB serial no is close to yours 283235, but the SB2 is very different 500805. Do you know why they would differ so much?

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03.02 | 12:47

Thank you, David!

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