Alpa Reflex

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The Alpa Reflex was first made in 1944 using serial numbers starting with 120,000[1] It is one of only a few 35mm cameras made with both reflex viewing and a coupled rangefinder. The lens is an Angénieux 50mm f/2.9 in a collapsible bayonet mount. Operating the camera requires a careful reading of the instruction book as settings must be made in the correct sequence. Also care must be taken when collapsing the lens as this can only be done when the mirror is up. There is a lever by the shutter release which raises and lowers the (non-return) mirror. The cloth focal plane shutter has speeds from 1 sec to 1/1000th.


A 1947 advert lists the following lenses as available:

  • SOM-Berthiot Altelar 14.5 cm ƒ/4.5
  • Angénieux Alogar 13.5 cm ƒ/3.5
  • Angénieux Alportar 9 cm ƒ/2,5 soft portrait lens
  • Angénieux Alsetar 7.5 cm ƒ/3.5
  • Angénieux Alitar 5 cm ƒ/1.8
  • Angénieux Alpar 5 cm ƒ/2.9 (collapsible)
  • Angénieux Alcorar 3.5 cm ƒ/3.5 (short tele)


  1. McKeown, James M. and Joan C. McKeown's Price Guide to Antique and Classic Cameras, 12th Edition, 2005-2006. USA, Centennial Photo Service, 2004. ISBN 0-931838-40-1 (hardcover). ISBN 0-931838-41-X (softcover). Page 45.