Daily Archives: November 11th, 2012

Rollei Magic II

The Rollei Magic (1960-1962) is a delicious TLR with super powers including automatic exposures and incredible portrait-taking abilities.

This was the first TLR camera to use an automatic exposure. The first iteration was produced from 1960-1962 by Franke and Heidecke of Braunschweig, Germany. One of the main drawbacks of the model is the fragility of the meter. Since the exposures are all automatic, if the meter breaks, the camera is essentially useless (although it would make for a pretty fancy paper weight). F&H created the Rollei Magic II (from 1962-1968) as a response to this problem, making the controls partially manual.

The lens is Schneider Kreuznach Xenar 75mm f3.5, and the shutter Prontormat S 1/30 to 1/300 (it also has a Bulb setting). The original camera came with an additional mask set, so it can take either 12 shots at 6×6cm (squares!) or a more economical 16 shots at 4×5.5cm.

Setting up a shot is the same as any other TLR, just without the exposure option (thus the Magical-ness). Simply set the film speed, open the hood, focus, set the aperture, snap, crank, and repeat.

My grandfather used the camera in the 60’s and I was pleasantly surprised to see that it’s still in great shape, producing images as clear as when he used it. I’ve only shot 2 rolls with it so far, but I’m totally addicted! Shooting on the street, I’ve never had as many random people come up to me and ask how the camera works, how old it is, and if they can look into the frame finder.

Though I’ve shot in both the square and rectangular formats, the 6×6 seems like more fun and in keeping with the Rollei tradition. Provided the meter stays in shape, I’ll be using this camera for a long time!

written by mblair23

via Rollei Magic…Oh So Magical – Lomography.


The Beautyflex are a series of Japanese 6×6 TLR cameras made by Taiyōdō Kōki, later Beauty Camera.


  • Watakushi no ni-gan-refu kamera-ten (私の二眼レフカメラ展, Exhibition of twin lens reflex cameras). Tokyo: JCII Camera Museum, 1992. (Exhibition catalogue, no ISBN number.) P. 26.


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via Beautyflex – Camera-wiki.org – The free camera encyclopedia.

Ricohflex (geared lenses)

The Ricohflex was a series of 6×6 TLR made by Riken Optical Industries (Ricoh) in the 1950s. The focusing rings around the taking and viewing lens are geared up for synchronous focusing, just as previous Kodak Reflex I/II. Its coated Anastigmat triplet lens provides great result in its class. The Ricohflex has a simple, modular-designed and low-cost box structure.

List of models:

  • Ricohflex III (1950 September)

The Ricohflex III of 1950 had a pair of similar Ricoh Anastigmat 1:3.5 f=80mm lenses with AR coated. It was the world’s first mass-produced twin-lens reflex camera. {C}


  • Ricohflex III B (1951 March)

The production volume was more than 10,000 units per month. Due to the massive production, Riken used a conveyor belt assembly line . {C}


  • Ricohflex IIII / IV (1952)

The first ones are labelled IIII which was later revised to correct Roman Numeral IV.

  • Ricohflex VI (1953 February)

The Ricohflex VI had a combination of Anastigmat camera lens and Viewer finder lens. {C}


  • Ricohflex VII (1954 February) [with Riken or Seikosha Rapid shutter]

The model VII was released to the market on February, 1954. It had a Ricoh Anastigmat 1:3.5/8cm front-element focusing lens geared to the Ricoh Viewer 1:3,5/8cm lens for viewfinder focusing. Most of it had a Riken shutter with B mode and speeds from 1/25-1/100 sec. The shutter used the same lever to cock the shutter (pull up) and fire the shutter (push down). The Seikosha Rapid version comes with B mode and speeds from 1-1/500 sec .The camera has the capability of using 120 film or 135 film with the optional COLOR BACK insert. {C}


  • Ricohflex VII M (SEIKOSHA MX shutter) (1954 October)
  • Ricohflex VII S (with self-timer) (1955 January)

The VII M model comes with a SEIKOSHA MX shutter with B mode and speeds from 1-1/300 sec.

  • Ricohflex Model T (Made in Taiwan version)
  • Super Ricohflex (1956)

There are at least 3 different versions of the Super Ricoflex, with different shutters and front plate styles. These model were primarily sold to the U.S. market. It’s the most sold Ricohflex.


  1. Ricohflex Holiday (1956 December)
  2. Ricohflex Million (1957 September)
  3. Ricohflex New Million (1958)

The Million has adjustable red windows for either 120 or 127 format (with exchangeable 127 film insert). Additionally it comes with a hot flash socket on the front plate.

Various copies of the geared-lens Ricohflex were made, including the following:

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via Ricohflex (geared lenses) – Camerapedia.