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photography related industry in Rochester (New York)
American Camera | Bausch & Lomb | Blair | Century | Crown Optical Co. | Elgeet | Folmer & Schwing | Gassner and Marx | Graflex | Gundlach | Ilex | JML | Kodak | Milburn | Monroe | PMC | Ray | Reichenbach, Morey and Will | Rochester Camera and Supply Co. | Rochester Optical Co. | Seneca | Sunart | Walker | Webster Industries | Wollensak
and in Rochester (Minnesota)
external links - Rudolf Kingslake's
"Optical industry in Rochester (N.Y.)"

The name Graflex may mean either:

  • The main camera brand used by Folmer & Schwing, and (after 1905) the Folmer & Schwing division of Kodak
  • The company that succeeded Folmer & Schwing when it had to be sold by Kodak in 1926



When a court had ordered that Kodak had to sell its Folmer & Schwing division, no buyers appeared. A new company was founded which was named Folmer Graflex Corporation in 1928. In 1945 it was renamed to Graflex Inc. . From the days of depression of the 1930s to 1957 the company grew from 100 to 760 employees. It made successfully sophisticated SLRs and press cameras as well as TLRs and several 35mm cameras, and some special-purpose cameras, e.g. for air reconnaissance. In 1976 Cambo purchased the complete tooling, know-how and production of the Graflex XL camera from Singer Educational Systems, and marketed a slightly updated version as the Cambo XL for a time.[1] Rights to the 4x5 Speed Graphic and Crown Graphic were bought by the Japanese manufacturer of Toyo view cameras around the same time.[2]

Cameras from Graflex and its predecessor Folmer & Schwing

35mm film

120/220 and 70mm film

Large format


The K20, and perhaps others, were designed by Fairchild, and so may also be known as Fairchild K20.

  • Folmer Graflex K20 Aircraft Camera
  • Folmer Graflex K21 Aircraft Camera
  • Folmer Graflex K25 Aircraft Camera


  1. British journal of photography - Volume 123 (1976), p. 575
  2. Journal of the Biological Photographic Association, Volume 45 (1977) p. 24


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