The Cometflex is a Japanese 6×6 pseudo TLR, probably made in the 1950s. It is attributed to a company called Kondo Optical Works.
The Cometflex is extremely similar to the Spartus Full-Vue made by Spartus Corp. and to the Carlton-Reflex made by Utility Mfg. Co. and distributed by Allied Camera Supply Co.
The camera is shaped as a box. The advance knob, Time and Instant selector and release lever are placed on the right-hand side, as seen by the photographer. There is an accessory shoe and a two-pin female plug on the left, perhaps for flash synchronization. The viewing hood has a striated pattern, and consists of a single door, providing no protection for the light coming from behind. The L-shaped back is hinged to the bottom and is locked in the closed position by a large spring latch. The film advance is controlled via a single uncovered red window, around the middle of the back.
The lens is a fixed-focus f/8 meniscus achromat. The front plate has art-deco style patterns, with the camera name inscribed at the top, and the words KONDOX and MADE IN JAPAN at the bottom.
The camera is known in two minor variations. One has the name Cometflex in one word, and has the lens marking comet achromat F:8. The other has the name Comet flex in two words, and has sakura achromat F:8 on the lens rim.
- Sugiyama, Kōichi (杉山浩一); Naoi, Hiroaki (直井浩明); Bullock, John R. The Collector's Guide to Japanese Cameras. 国産カメラ図鑑 (Kokusan kamera zukan). Tokyo: Asahi Sonorama, 1985. ISBN 4-257-03187-5. Items 4118–9.
- Takasaki Akio (高崎晶夫). "Kokusan 6×6cm-han nigan-refu A to Z" (国産6×6cm判二眼レフA to Z, Japanese 6×6cm TLR A to Z). Kamera Rebyū: Kurashikku Kamera Senka (カメラレビュー クラシックカメラ専科) / Camera Review: All about Historical Cameras no.49, December 1998. ISBN 4-257-13022-9. Amerika-sei 35mm renzu-shattā kamera (アメリカ製35mmレンズシャッターカメラ, issue about American 35mm lens-shutter cameras). Pp.64–73.
This camera is not listed in Kokusan kamera no rekishi.