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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The lens is permanently set at infinity. My camera did not come with any baffles so I purchased a Flexkin kit on eBay.

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Mike, thank you so much. This design is said to be easier to use one-handed, but in my opinion, using a TLR should always be a two handed task.

Not only do I get an extra 4 exposures out of a roll, I prefer the aspect ratio of flxaret over the 6 x 6. The Minolta Autocord had a very similar type of focusing system which is said to be easier to use one-handed. Mine begins with an 8, so that means it was made in I was able to give the taking lens a good cleaning so I loaded in a roll of Kodak Ektar and went shooting. The last major difference is in selecting the aperture and shutter speed.

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

Loading way for 35mm on Flexaret VI. Full view of Prestor RVS model. Over the course of the next two decades, the Flexaret models would continue to evolve adding or changing a feature or two at a time culminating with the top of the line Flexaret VII from As a result of changing communist political pressure, Meopta discontinued making civilian cameras around and focused on other products for the Optics industry.

There are 2 of them on this camera. Most models after the Flexaret V with the exception being the Standard had an optional adapter for 35mm film, although all Flexarets were designed primarily for roll film.


Thank you so much for this excellent article, it taught me how to properly operate this mechanical masterpiece.

Load the film like you would on any other TLR. Next Post Welta Watson It is very helpful.

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It was the most exciting thing, after PE and IT classes. Do you have a picture of your baffle and one showing how to place it inside film compartment?

Mike, thank you so much for this great article and review. I was placing this baffle upside down. Various normal run Flexarets were adapted mabual amateur astronomy. The results speak for themselves, the Meopta lenses are outstanding. 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. After making an exposure, it is advised not to advance the film to the next frame because this also cocks the shutter.

Once the camera is loaded, you should turn your attention to the frame counters. There are no visible screws or any obvious way to take it apart. Technical apparatus for the amateur astronomical photographer.

Crown Flexaret – mike eckman dot com. Flexaret Standard Grey Model. It includes flexaref the masks for the waist level and sport finder, too. When it comes to technology and precision instruments like cameras, you always think of Germany, Japan, the United States, and even England.

As the company grew, they started making their own cameras, binoculars, rifle scopes, and slide projectors.

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Thank you for the kind words. Somehow they managed to survive through flearet collapse of the Soviet Union, and inbecame a privately owned company once again. I found a like new, complete, Flexkin adapter kit with case. It is a simple metal frame that merely slides into position. This is how you get 16 images on a single roll as opposed to The right frame counter is coupled to the camera and goes from 0 through 9.


It would have been a huge technological feat to make an automatic frame counter that could manuaal all the way up to 48, so Meopta chose to do with this two counter method. If you are sure the shutter has been cocked, and the mmanual release button cannot be pressed, check that the shutter is not locked via the sliding lever above the shutter release.

The reason for this is because the Flexaret VII also supports 35mm film flexraet allows for a lot more exposures than film would. We talked a lot about the Roman and Ottoman Empires, the struggles of England and France, and how western colonization helped form the basis for the US. Since the shutter is coupled to the film advance, there is no separate procedure to cock the shutter.

A red dot will be visible when the shutter is unlocked. Minolta Autocord – mike eckman dot com. This same device switches 24×36 to 24×24 when using 35mm film. When doing this, a 24 exposure roll will get you 32 shots, and a 36 exposure roll will get you In either case, I have 2 excellent TLRs to choose from which is a good problem to have! Flexareh I find my Yashica-Mat ever majual slightly easier to use, and the viewfinder in the Yashica is bright and clean, I love the ability to shoot 6 x 4.

Towards the end of the school year, we got into the first and second world wars and how the Soviet Union was formed.

This line of cameras would be re-released as the Flexette inwhich would be the basis for future Flexaret models. It is very hard to get a grip on from outside of the camera, so to make it easier, if you open the film compartment, there is a little pin behind the lever that you can push out on that will allow dlexaret to grip it.