Asahiflex IIA - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Asahiflex IIA

1955

Asahi Optical Co.

Tokyo

Japan

Image of Asahiflex IIA

Lens:
f2.4, 58 mm Takumar, pre-set iris diaphragm to f22. Depth-of-field scale. 37 mm screw mount. Serial no. 68175 .

Shutter:
Focal-plane, speeds 1/2 - 1/500, B, T. X and F flash synchronisation.

Construction:
Metal body.

Format:
36, 24 x 36 mm exposures on 35 mm film held in cassette.

Focusing:
Helical to 2 feet.

Attributes:
Reflex viewing through taking lens. Waist-level view-finder with magnifier, ground glass focusing screen with condenser. Direct-vision (lens/lens) view-finder.
Instant return mirror.
Auto-stop on film advance. Film advance tensions the shutter. Sprocket wheel reverses for re-wind. Shutter release interlocked to film advance. Exposure counter.

Identification:
Shutter dial with red '25' and 'x'. F synchronisation.

Serial Number:
61916 .

With:
Lens cap. Ever-ready case.

Asahiflex IIA

1955

Asahi Optical Co.

Tokyo

Japan

Image of Asahiflex IIA

Lens:
f2.4, 58 mm Takumar, pre-set iris diaphragm to f22. Depth-of-field scale. 37 mm screw mount. Serial no. 80245 .

Shutter:
Focal-plane, speeds 1/2 - 1/500, B, T. X and FP flash synchronisation.

Construction:
Metal body.

Format:
36, 24 x 36 mm exposures on 35 mm film held in cassette.

Focusing:
Helical to 2 feet.

Attributes:
Reflex viewing through taking lens. Waist-level view-finder with magnifier, ground glass focusing screen with condenser. Direct-vision (lens/lens) view-finder.
Instant return mirror.
Auto-stop on film advance. Film advance tensions the shutter. Sprocket wheel reverses for re-wind. Shutter release interlocked to film advance.
Exposure counter.

Identification:
Shutter dial with red '25' and 'x'. FP synchronisation.

Serial Number:
70767 .

With:
Asahiflex Bellowscope. The extension rod is hinged and able to fold back over the body of the bellows. Scaled for 50 mm lens to 2.5 magnification and 100 mm lens to 1.3 magnification.

The IIA was the last of the Asahiflex range. It was also the most advanced of the Asahiflex cameras having slow speeds as well as the instant return mirror introduced in the earlier IIB.

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