Brands that disappeared in the 60s

PRAKTINA, AIRES, WRAYFLEX, BRAUN, CONTAX/PENTACON, KRISTALL, SAVOYFLEX, START, FIRSTFLEX, KODAK RETINA, AGFA, EXAKTA, VOIGTLÄNDER

Some small and some big brands had to close during the 60s. Among the big and influential were Contax/Pentacon of East-Germany, forerunner in the development of the PP SLR, Exakta, also from GDR, influential and among the first, Contaflex of West-Germany, starting the leaf shutter trend that was popular for a short while, also including Kodak Retina, Braun, Agfa and Voigtländer. Among the smaller brands were Aires of Japan, dying with the leaf shutter, Firstflex, with its very special shutter, Krystal and Start of USSR, Wrayflex of GB and Savoyflex of France. A small brand, but influential, as it was worlds first system PP SLR, was the Praktina of East-Germany.

East-Germany: PRAKTINA: 1954-1960:

For further information, go to: 1953-1960: Praktina http://www.pentax-slr.com/108413509

Japan: AIRES: 1959-1960:

For more on Aires, go to: http://www.pentax-slr.com/108413521


UK: WRAYFLEX: 1951-1961:

For more on Wrayflex, go to: http://www.pentax-slr.com/108413522

West-Germany: BRAUN:1958-1962:

More on Braun Paxette Reflex on: http://www.pentax-slr.com/108413523

East-Germany: CONTAX/PENTACON:1949-1962:

         Read the Contax/Pentacon story under: http://www.pentax-slr.com/108413507
As Germany was divided into two after the World War II, the Contax brand was split, too. The Dresden branch in East Germany was the most innovative of the two. But they were denied the right to use the Contax name internationally, and chose the name Pentacon, from Pentaprism and Contax.

Soviet-Union: KRISTAL: 1961-1962:

Although carrying its own name, the Krystal/Kristal of KMZ was a part of the Zenit brand series. It was produced from 1961 till 1962. 

France: ROYER SAVOYFLEX: 1958-1963:

For more on the Royer Savoyflex, go to: http://www.pentax-slr.com/108413524

Soviet-Union: START: 1958-1964:

For more on the Start, see http://www.pentax-slr.com/108413480

Japan: TOKIWA FIRSTFLEX:1958-1965?:

For more on the Tokiwa Firstflex 35, see http://www.pentax-slr.com/71760566

US/West-Germany: KODAK RETINA: 1957-1966:

West-Germany: AGFA: 1958-1968:

For more on Agfa PP SLR, see http://www.pentax-slr.com/181841696

East-Germany: EXAKTA:1950-1969:

For more on Ihagee Exakta, see http://www.pentax-slr.com/181841698
Exacta from Ihagee factory in Dresden had made the worlds first SLR waist level camera in 1936, the Kine Exacta. They continued to make the same type of camera houses after World War II, but added the penta prism as one of the first. After this, little was improved, and another German brand had to close. This was in 1969. Varex sn: 679389. VX penta prism sn: 700771. VX waist level sn: 728522.

West-Germany: VOIGTLÄNDER BESSAMATIC: 1959-1969:

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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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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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