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The Picoflex is a TLR camera for 3x4 cm exposures on 127 film, made by Wiener Camerawerkstätte (Raimund Gerstendörfer) of Vienna in about 1931.[1][2] It is metal-bodied, with black leatherette covering and nickel-plated trim and fittings. The body is very squarely built. It has a Compur shutter with speeds to 1/300 second. Very few examples are known to survive, and probably few were ever made. McKeown describes an example with 5 cm f/2.9 Steinheil Cassar lenses,[2] and a camera with those lenses was sold in 2001 by Christie's.[3] One with 5 cm f/2.9 Rodenstock Trinar lenses was offered for sale at Westlicht.[4] Focusing is by a knurled knob on the right side of the body. Film is advanced using two red windows.


  1. Austrian Patent 1399655, Photographischer Apparat, apparently describing the overall design of the Picoflex, registered in 1931 by Raimund Gerstendörfer, and granted in 1934; at Espacenet, the patent search facility of the European Patent Office.
  2. 2.0 2.1 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). p998.
  3. Picoflex, serial no. 105 with 5cm f/2.9 Cassar viewing and taking lenses, sold at Sale 9193 on 18 September 2001 by Christie's
  4. Picoflex, serial no. 113, with Trinar lenses, sold at the 27th Westlicht Photographica Auction.