West-Germany: AGFA: 1958-1966:

Agfa is one of the oldest companies in the history of photography. They produced film and developing accessories, but also a variety of cameras. As the new PP SLR cameras were introduced, Agfa presented their Ambiflex in 1958, called Agfaflex in Northern America. The camera was produced in different versions until 1966. In 1963 they presented their Selectaflex that was produced until 1968.

In 1980 a line of new cameras with an Agfa-logo, called Selectronic, were ordered from japanese Chinon, in fact being copies of actual Chinon cameras. But by reading the Cosina List, it appears that these cameras were really produced in Cosina factory! These cameras are not included in my Agfa life span.
A sturdy quality camera from Agfa, sold from 1958 till 1963. Sold as Agfaflex in USA only. Size: 130x105x63mm without lens.Weight: 867 gr. Sn: AU 2331. Built with a central shutter of leaf type in the lens, as was usual in west-german cameras from '55 till '65.
Rewinder to the left, then contact for blitz. To the right was the shutter release button and a window to view correct settings between the two arrows. On both sides of the removable prism house were two buttons to push in to release it. Winder handle on the rear wall.
Interchangeable viewer, though the waist level viewer was seldom used.
Shutter time on the ring closest to the camera.
Among the few cameras to use this kind of winder.
Agfa Color-Solinar 50/2,8, ..
Interchangeable with built in leaf shutter. Sn: 425919.
Even the leather cage for camera and lens has got a serial number!

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13.05 | 14:20

Sadly not found the Ricoh XR-7 / Sigma SA-1 / Sears KS-2 camera(s) on the site. They could be produced by Cosina as well, but I have no information about this.

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21.04 | 21:14

For an explanation of the penta mirror, please see the page "Some Definitions".
My definition of PP SLR also include the penta mirror cameras.

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21.04 | 19:28

More about Pentaflex: Probably a penta mirror, which is a lighter, less expensive, a bit darker and simpler edition of the penta prism. Text will be corrected.

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21.04 | 12:20

Hi, Information about this camera is scarce and often differing. What is your source? Anyway, thanks for your help. Does anyone else have information about it?

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