Flexaret VII Review

Flexaret VII

Made by Meopta


Lens: Meopta Belar 80mm f/3,5
Aperture: f/3,5 – f/22
10 bladed aperure
Shutter: Metax
1/400 sec to 1 sec plus a Bulb setting

Takes standard 120 film
6×6 images format
Automatic film advance stop
Double-exposure prevention

Image quality

This is a good lens! It have some glow effect in very hi contrast but other than that this do great!

Center Sharpness
Not that bad at all, not perfect but it preforms good.
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Corner Sharpness

Not bad corner sharpness ether.
You can see some glow effect and uneven contrast.
This shot is a bit overexposed and this downsides are more viable because of that.
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All downsides are next to gone and it produce nice and sharp images.
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Really nice!
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Build quality

All metal body and it have a really good quality.


Its easy to use have good image quality.
You focus by pulling a big level underneath the lens that works great. This makes it quick and easy to focus and is allot better then many other similar cameras.

But in short this is a great camera!

Thumbs up:
Easy to use.
Good image quality.

Thumbs down:
Glow effect wide open
When you crank to the next frame you also crank up the shutter automaticly and I´m not a big fan of that.
Its not a big problem and I only crank to next frame before I´m going to take a new image.

Flexaret VII

Technical Info
Scanner: Epson V700
Film: Kodak Tmax 100
Developer: Kodak D76
And I used a tripod for all the images.


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2 responses

  1. Nice photos, thanks for sharing!
    To be correct, this is by no means Flexaret VII, but Va 🙂

  2. Thank you very much!
    It is almost 30 yeras since I no longer have my Flexaret camera, so I do appreciate pictures of it …
    Concerning your complaint about automatic cranking: most film cameras made after the wor dind have this interlocking, when you move film to the next frame, you also crank up the shutter!
    However, in Flexaret you can beat this, and perfrom multiple exposures: reach under the lower lens, and manually crank the shutter. Now you can take another picture on the same film frame!
    The low-cost Smena was another Soviet-made camera that did have manual cranking of the shutter …
    Flexaret works fine with the 6×6 film it was intended for, but I used it with narrow film (35mm), since I could not process the medium format film very well, and this DID generate some problems …
    For portatis and other close-up jobs, the paralax error may be an issue, you must be careful. But a set of close-up additional lense was available, and the adapter for the upper (viewing) lens of the camera did include a prism, which tried to compensate thsi paralax error …

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