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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16.09 | 18:53

Yes, there were lenses branded Pentor, probably Cosinas. Pentax cameras were branded Pentar in some markets. Lenses were always branded Takumar, until 1975.

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16.09 | 18:21

Hi . i think it is pentor. From japaneesecthird Party Lena Maler ... Sold with praktica cams in w.Europe

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16.09 | 13:50

Hi .. Thank you for that great site. Here found finally some information PENTAR .. But found nothing Internet about PENTAR 135 mm 2.8 mit 12 Blades . do you ?

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14.09 | 16:29

Correct! No lever. But as it is connected to the automatic shutter, you have to shoot automatic if blinding the finder! Thanks for bringing this up!

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