Autoflex (Tokiwa Seiki)
This uncommon Japanese TLR was sold circa 1957, apparently in three versions differing in their film-advance mechanisms. The top version offered automatic crank film advance which also cocked the shutter..
No manufacturer's markings are present on the camera itself. McKeown's attributes an Autoflex camera to "Kiyabashi Kogaku" a name which is otherwise unknown. The attribution of this model to Tokiwa Seiki follows Barry Toogood's TLR-cameras.com.
|with Tri-lausar Anastigmat f3.5/8.0cm lens|
image by OZBOX (Image rights)
- Listing in July 1957 "Twin-Lens Reflex Roundup", Popular Photography (Vol. 41 No. 1), page 65. Scan courtesy Nesster on Flickr.
- 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 467.
- Discussion and illustration at Barry Toogood's TLR-Cameras.com.
- Autoflex specifications at Japan Family Camera (at web.archive.org)