Flexora II

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The Flexora II is a German medium format TLR made by Lipca. It is a continuation of the first Flexora model and can be easily recognized from that by the extra conical ring around the taking lens. Production was from 1951 to 1954.

It was sold with the following Lens/Shutter combinations :

  • Type I, an Enna Ennar 4.5/7.5cm taking lens in a Vario shutter.
  • Type II, an Enna Ennar 3.5/7.5cm taking lens in a Prontor-S shutter.
  • Type III, an Enna Ennagon 3.5/7.5cm taking lens in a Prontor-S shutter.

From 1953 onward the following types were added :

  • Type IIa, an Enna Ennar 3.5/7.5cm taking lens in a Prontor-SV shutter.
  • Type IIIa, an Enna Ennagon 3.5/7.5cm taking lens in a Prontor-SV shutter.

All taking lenses are coated.


Focusing is done by an anchor under the taking lens, like on the Minolta Autocord I and the Meopta Flexaret VII. It takes 6×6 pictures on 620 or 120 film. The film is transported with a knob on the right of the camera.

A Frame-counter/Transport-stop was an option for the Flexora II. This frame-counter was delivered to Lipca by Plaubel and closely resembles the counter Plaubel used on their prewar Roll-Op folding camera.

The Flexo Richard and Richard Reflex are name variants of both the Flexora and Flexora II produced for a Swiss distributor c1952.
It has an Enna Ennar 3.5/7.5cm lens in a Prontor-S shutter. At least one example of the Richard Reflex is observed with an Enna Ennagon 3.5/7.5cm lens in a Prontor-SVS shutter[1] .

Bibliography

  • Personal Lipca research documentation, courtesy of long time Lipca collector and history investigator Herr Ulf Schopfer, Bad Pyrmont, Germany
  • Peter Barz, article "Lipca Teil 1, eine Neugründung der Nachkriegszeit" in the German magazine "Photographica Cabinett 25/02"
  • Peter Barz, article "Lipca Teil 2, Die Kameras der Lippischen Camerafabrik Richter & Fischer GmbH, Barntrup" in the German magazine "Photographica Cabinett 26/02"

Notes

  1. Richard Reflexat at Sylvain Halgand's www.collection-appareils.fr
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