Microflex - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Microflex

1959

Micro Precision Products

Kingston upon Thames

England

Image of Microflex

Lens:
f3.5, 77.5 mm Micromar, iris to f22. Serial no. 14547 .

Viewing lens: f3.2, 77.5 mm. Serial no. 280351 .

Shutter:
Prontor SVS, speeds 1 - 1/300, B. X, M flash synchronisation. EV settings: 2 - 18. Delayed action.

Construction:
Metal body.

Format:
12, 6 x 6 cm exposures on 120 roll-film.

Focusing:
To 3 feet.

Attributes:
Reflex viewing through second lens. Full-size ground glass focusing screen with 25 squares. Magnifier in hood. Direct-vision finder in hood.
Auto-stop on film advance, coupled to shutter. Double exposure and lost exposure prevention. Crank wind. Exposure counter re-sets to 0 when back is closed.
Removable back. Bayonet mount lens attachments. Depth-of-field scale. Lever on side of camera to set shutter without advancing film.

Serial Number:
14494 .

With:
Lens caps. MPP lens hood. Ever-ready case. Instruction book.

The Microflex was a development of the successful Microcord from MPP of Kingston. The Microcord was brought out in 1952 at a time when import restrictions were in place in the UK and there was a shortage of good-quality cameras. The Cord was based on the Rolleicord II and sold well though production capacity was never very great. In 1959 the Microflex was brought out, this had a lever-wind, a different shutter and a lens from T.T.H. At around this time import restrictions were lifted and competition increased. To stay in the high-end twin-lens reflex (TLR) market MPP would have had to include features such as metering which was then on the Rolleiflex and substantially increase production and R&D. As a result development of the Microflex did not continue beyond the first model. MPP concentrated their efforts on low-volume technical cameras. The camera was still listed in the Wallace Heaton Blue-Book of 1960/61. The price was 63 which was cheaper than the Rolleiflex T at 75.

References & Notes:
BJA 1960, p. 214; Blue-Book 1960-61, p. 62.

Further Information:
Skinner, MPP Story.

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