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The Inflex is a viewfinder camera for 4-cm square pictures on 127 film, made by Paul Vieth of Solingen,[1] near Düsseldorf in western Germany, in 1955.[2] The body is of cast metal with a crackle-finish paint. Examples have been seen with a 5 cm f/3.8 Zeyen Anastigmat,[3] and with a 5 cm f/3.8 Emylar Anastigmat;[4] 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.


  1. Very probably the same company as Paul Vieth KG, founded in 1922 and still active as a metal-machinist and maker of wire springs.
  2. Inflex camera with Zeyen Anastigmat, offered for sale at Ebay (item 121520791362), December 2014.
  3. 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.
  4. Inflex with Emylar Anastigmat offered for sale in April 2005 by Auction Team Breker (listing is at the LiveAuctioneers site).


  • Inflex with Zeyen Anastigmat, as 'Camera of the month' at the Club Daguerre site: a single picture of the camera, and basic description (in German).