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c1970. 127 film, 4x4cm exposures, TLR camera. Metal or bakelite body. Made by Hadds Mfg. Co.

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by bill339 » Tue Mar 24, 2020 11:26 am

The Foto-Flex camera was manufactured by Hadd's Mfg. Co. for Foto-Flex Corp. of Chicago, Illinois in the 1950s. There were two versions made. One was constructed of metal and the other of Bakelite with a metal faceplate. The Bakelite version has leatherette handle on one side of the camera but both versions use the Bakelite lens surround and lenses. The camera has an unusual twin-lens reflex design where the lens for viewing and the lens for taking the photo are located in a round disc on the front to give the illusion of a single lens. The Foto-Flex takes twelve 4 x 4 cm square images on no. 127 roll film. The camera has two shutter settings of Instant and Time. The shutter speed is about 1/50 of a second with the focus range being 4 feet to infinity. The waist high viewfinder has a ground-glass screen mounted in a metal frame over a mirror to reflect what the lens gathers. To change film the back cover is removed using the stays on either side. The camera also has a frame counting red window in the back cover. If you remove the back cover you find a sticker that reads “USE FILM 127 – A8 – G27 Made in USA by Hadds MFG. Co. Chicago, ILL.”.

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