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The Ciro-flex TLR

 

 

The Ciro-flex was a series of 6×6 TLRs made by the American manufacturer Ciro beginning circa 1941. All share a strong resemblance, with uncoupled red window film advance and Wollensak lenses & shutters. By using a slightly longer-than-normal 85mm focal length, sharpness in the corners of the 2¼×2¼-inch image remained adequate even with a less-expensive triplet lens design.

The earliest model A’s were built in Detroit, Michigan; and “ciro-flex” appears uncapitalized on the nameplate. Post-WWII production resumed with the models B ( with an Alphax shutter) and C (Rapax shutter). By 1947 the company had relocated to Delaware, Ohio.

  • Ciro-flex Model A
  • Ciro-flex Model B
  • Ciro-flex Model C
  • Ciro-flex Model D
  • Ciro-flex Model E
  • Ciro-flex Model F — the highest-spec Ciro-flex, it included an f/3.2, four-element Wollensak Raptar 83mm lens

After Graflex bought out Ciro’s camera lines, the Ciro-flex design continued with some minor changes as the Graflex 22.

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for some repair or restoration tips of Ciro-flex TLR, Please visit: http://pheugo.com/cameras/index.php?page=ciroflex

 

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3 responses

  1. I love my Ciro-Flex. It’s no Rollei in fit, form and refinement, but the 80mm lens is no slouch. I just found your site, and thought it was funny that I wrote a blog piece about my Ciro-Flex about the same time as you did!

    http://lightsquared.tumblr.com/post/89066099663/ciro-flex-the-american-tlr

    1. that’s a great post you have! thanks for visiting.

  2. whoops, meant 85mm lens, not 80!

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