FLEXARET AUTOMAT VI. The Flexaret twin lens reflex cameras are a product of the Czechoslovakian company. Meopta (manufacturers of enlarging equipment) . The Flexaret manual linked at the top of this review has a decent explanation of this system on page 18 of the PDF manual (its the one that. I just got a Flexaret VI and was wondering if anyone knew where I could get an english manual. I’ve seen one for the VII, are they similar?.

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Focusing is pretty smooth and easy with the swiveling focus lever beneath the taking lens. The viewfinder was dirty, and the ground glass had yellowed a bit, but it was still very usable. Today, Flexaret cameras have a flexarret strong reputation as being one of the best TLRs, but for some reason, their values are nowhere near what comparable Rollei or Yashica models typically sell for.

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As the company grew, they started making their own cameras, binoculars, rifle scopes, and slide projectors. Model VII second series Film feed: Their lenses were used by other manufacturers for enlargers, binoculars, projectors, and cameras. Once war broke out and Germany occupied the country, Optikotechna continued making military optics for the German war effort.

Growing up in the United States, we were taught a bit about European history in school. I did a quick wipe down of rlexaret body and lenses to get the grime off it, but I noticed that there was a lot of debris trapped inside of flexqret viewfinder beneath the ground glass.

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Appreciate flexaget observations… I found a like new, complete, Flexkin adapter kit with case. My Yashica-Mat has a knob focus on the side of the camera which I find to be really easy to use. This is a little hard to explain, but if you have a Flexaret VII in front of you, it should be pretty obvious how it works. This makes rotating it a lot easier.


I appreciate you updating the review with the image. Starting with the Flexaret II, they all had a swiveling focus lever beneath the taking lens. Load the film like you would on any other TLR.

Meopta Flexaret VII (1968)

The results speak for themselves, the Meopta lenses are outstanding. Leave a Reply Cancel reply.

This dual frame counter system is needed to shoot rolls with 24 or 36 exposures. In a nutshell, all you need to do is know the EV value of a scene, set the camera to that value, and then you are free to change aperture or shutter speed and the exposure will always be the same. If you do not properly roll the film so that the Start indicator is on the take-up spool, the film will not be ready for the first frame. By the mid s, as tensions grew in Europe, Optikotechna became a major manyal of military optics for the Czech military.

If you cannot get a grip on the transmission lever, there is a metal pin you can push on from inside the film compartment that will push the flexarett lever outwards from the body flxearet the camera. A red dot will be visible when the shutter is unlocked.

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It is a simple metal frame that merely slides into position. The world is a big place and many countries have deep and manuzl histories and sadly, there is only so much time that can be spent on one area, and this is a part of the world I know little about.

If you want there to be stops, there is a little sliding lever on the left front side of the camera, right in front of the accessory shoe. Since the shutter is coupled to the film advance, there is no separate procedure to cock the shutter.


From the collection http: The VI model and its 35mm adapter. Very nice article, I was born in Czechoslovakia and I learned a lot of new things here.

Meopta twin lens reflex cameras FLEXARET AUTOMAT VI User Manual – Download

I tried moving mine but it did not budge. Once both baffles are in, and the transmission lever is correctly set with the number 45 in an upright position and 60 is upside down, the camera is ready for film. Good luck with your camera! Next, you need to make sure that the transmission lever this is what the manual calls it which is that little dogbone shaped piece of metal on the lower right side of the camera with the numbers 60 and 45 on it is in the correct position.

Meopta went with their own formula and developed a truly world class camera. This taking lever was redesigned as a long curved piece of metal with a depth of field scale in between dual knobs on the Flexaret V.

When loading film into the camera, you must manually turn the left counter to 0, and the camera should automatically set the right frame counter to 1 indicating that you are ready for your first exposure. The right side button is intended for intentional double exposure. There are 2 of them on this manuql. There are no visible screws or any obvious way to take it apart.