Soligor Reflex (TLR)

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This page refers to the Soligor TLR with gear-coupled viewing and taking lenses. See Soligor Reflex II (TLR) for the front-panel focusing models.

The Soligor Reflex is a TLR for 120 film imported from Japan to to the US circa 1955.[1] McKeown's attributes it to Tokiwa Seiki.[2] It offers simplified, inexpensive construction through the use of "red window" frame counting; and gear-coupled viewing and taking lenses, rather than a moving lensboard. (This is reminiscent of some Ricohflex models.)

While featuring the usual viewfinder magnifier and open "sportsfinder" option, there are no frills such as a self-timer or a fresnel lens to brighten its ground glass image.

The price in 1956 was USD $34.95.[3]


  1. A December, 1955 Modern Photography item lists this and its lensboard-focusing siblings as new offerings; scan courtesy Nesster.
  2. 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). Pgs. 897-898.
  3. As advertised in U.S. Camera, 1956; scan courtesy Rebollo_fr.