Photina Reflex

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The Photina is a pseudo TLR camera for 6×6cm exposures on 120 film, made in 1952 by Photavit in Nürnberg, Germany. It resembles a true twin-lens reflex camera, but the viewing lens is not coupled to focus with the taking lens. Its lens is a Roeschlein-Kreuznach Achromat 85mm f/9, and its shutter offers speeds from 1/30 to 1/100 second, plus 'B'. Photavit made it also as Tower Reflex II for Sears.

The Photina II has a faster shutter (1/25-1/200 sec.) and a 3-element Luxar 75mm f/3.5 lens. It was also made as the Tower Reflex III for Sears.

The Photina Reflex (many sources say Photina Reflex III), made from 1954, is a true TLR camera (that is, the lenses are coupled, so the viewfinder of this model shows the focus). It is equipped with a pair of 75mm f/3.5 Steinheil Cassar or Isco Isconar or Westar[1] lenses. The shutter is a Pronto with speeds 1/25 sec. to 1/200 second plus 'B', or a Prontor-SVS shutter (as the one in picture on the right) with speeds 1 - 1/300 second plus 'B'. Photavit made it also as the Tower Reflex 30 for Sears and as OGA-Reflex for Obergassner.

Some Photina Reflex were sold with a pair of close-up lenses to focus from 25 to 50 cm.


  1. This Tower 30 has a Westar