The Inflex is a viewfinder camera for 4-cm square pictures on 127 film, made by Paul Vieth of Solingen, near Düsseldorf in western Germany, in 1955. The body is of cast metal with a crackle-finish paint. Examples have been seen with a 5 cm f/3.8 Zeyen Anastigmat, and with a 5 cm f/3.8 Emylar Anastigmat; both have front-element focusing, and stop down only to f/12. The shutter is a Vario, with speeds 1/25, 1/50 and 1/200 second, plus 'B'; there is a cable release socket on the side of the camera. The shutter is synchronised for flash with a PC socket, and there is a cold shoe on the side of the camera. However, in the example seen, this is more likely to be used for a shoe-fitting telescopic finder. The camera also has a large (but not full-frame) brilliant finder placed above the lens, and might be called a pseudo-TLR.
The back of the camera is hinged at the bottom. The film passes upward through the camera, advanced by a knob, with a red window.
|Emylar 5cm lens |
image by Daniel Herak (Image rights)
- Very probably the same company as Paul Vieth KG, founded in 1922 and still active as a metal-machinist and maker of wire springs.
- Inflex camera with Zeyen Anastigmat, offered for sale at Ebay (item 121520791362), December 2014.
- 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 946.
- Inflex with Emylar Anastigmat offered for sale in April 2005 by Auction Team Breker (listing is at the LiveAuctioneers site).