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The 1955-type Wardflex was built in Japan by Taiyōdō Koki (TKK), and is a rebranding of a Beautyflex T model. This version has no bayonet on the viewing lens, a TKK shutter and a Telmer 80mm f/3.5 lens.
In 1957, Wards offered a higher-spec Wardflex II, which is a rebranding of the Beautyflex D. The viewing lens is a Tri-Lausar, the taking lens is a Biokor f/3.5. The five bladed Syncro MX shutter has speeds of 1-1/300 of a second with bulb mode and eight stops at 1, 1/2, 1/5, 1/10, 1/25, 1/50, 1/100 and 1/300 of a second. This can be adjusted on the right hand side of the taking lens. The left hand side of the taking lens has the aperture adjustments. While the bottom has a self timer with a 10 sec delay.
- Wardflex II manual at Michael Butkus Jr.'s Camera Manual Library
- Study on Taiyodo Koki TLR's including the Wardflex on Barry Togoods TLR Cameras Website
|Mid-50s Wardflex with TKK shutter|
and no bayonet on viewing lens
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