Soligor Reflex (TLR)
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 basic Soligor Reflex|
image by Jason Hull (Image rights)
The Soligor Reflex is a TLR for 120 film imported from Japan to to the US circa 1955. McKeown's attributes it to Tokiwa Seiki. 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.
- ↑ A December, 1955 Modern Photography item lists this and its lensboard-focusing siblings as new offerings; scan courtesy Nesster.
- ↑ 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.
- ↑ As advertised in U.S. Camera, 1956; scan courtesy Rebollo_fr.
- Soligor Reflex manual from Mike Butkus's OrphanCameras.com