The Makiflex is a 9x9 cm, interchangeable lens SLR camera made by Plaubel in 1961. Zeiss lenses are available as well as Schneider Xenar lenses in 150mm, 210mm and 360mm. Originally it was said that a 150mm lens (63mm equivalent in 35mm) was the shortest lens possible with infinity focus. Later it has been shown that shorter remounted lenses from the Fuji GX680 can be used with recessed lensboards, at least down to 100mm (43mm equivalent in 35mm). It has a focal-plane shutter with speeds 4 - 1/500 second, plus 'B', with flash synch at 1/15 second. The low-cost Makiflex Standard edition is limited to shutter speeds from 1/8 - 1/125 second, plus 'B', with flash synch at 1/10 second. It has rack-and-pinion bellows focusing. It uses a rotating back plate that can mount backs for roll film, sheet film and instant film. Standard american double cut-film holders are supported by the MX 1/538 adapter, producing a smaller image on standard 4x5 film. Waist-level and eye-level finders are available.
A simplified model, the Makiflex Standard was made a few years later; this model has fewer shutter speeds, and does not stop down the lens automatically.
|Makiflex with Schneider Xenar lens |
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|Makiflex with Custom Adapters|
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- Makiflex with 18 cm f/4.5 CZJ Tessar, sold at Christie's in London in September 1999.
- Makiflex serial no. 303 SM (or perhaps a Makiflex Standard; this example seems to lack one of the dial controls of the camera at Christie's), with lenses on standard and extended lens-plates, offered for sale at the fifth Westlicht Photographica Auction, on 29 May 2004.
- Photo Methods for Industry, Volume 13 (1970), p. 36
- Plaubel Makiflex Standard in Photrio Forum
- 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)., p787.