Japanese 6×6 TLR
Postwar models (A–L)
Aires Automat | Airesflex | Aires Reflex | Akumiflex | Alfaflex | Alpenflex | Amiflex | Autoflex | Beautyflex | Bikor-Flex | Bioflex | Copenflex | Cosmoflex | Crown Flex | Crystar Flex | Dorisflex | Easternflex | Echoflex | Eicaflex | Elbowflex | Elegaflex | Eleger Reflex | Elicaflex | Elizaflex | Elmoflex | Firstflex | Fodorflex | Fujicaflex | Geltoflex | Graceflex | Halma Auto | Halma Flex | Hobiflex | Honorflex | Isocaflex | Itohflex | Kalloflex | Kallovex | Koniflex | Krimsoflex | Larkflex | Laurelflex | Luminaflex | Lustreflex | Lyraflex
Prewar and wartime models and postwar models (M–Z) ->
Other TLR, pseudo TLR and medium format SLR ->
Other Japanese 6×6, 4.5×6, 3×4 and 4×4 ->

For the prewar and wartime Lyra Flex, see Lyra Flex.

The Lyraflex is a Japanese 6×6 TLR made in the 1950s. It is attributed to Katsuma Kōgaku by various sources. However the lens markings and shutter names seem to indicate that the company was still named Fuji Kōgaku at the time it made the Lyraflex.

Description Edit

The Lyraflex is an ordinary TLR. The taking and viewing lenses are geared together for focusing. Film advance is by knob and is controlled by a red window in the back, protected by a vertically sliding cover. The camera has a stepped nameplate written LyrafleX with a large "X" extended so that it underlines the rest of the word.

Versions Edit

McKeown says that there are two versions, both having a Terionar 80/3.5 lens: the early one with a Fujikō F shutter (B, 1–200) and the later one with a Fujikō P shutter (B, 1–200, synchronized).[1]

Pictures of two examples have been observed, both with an ASA bayonet synch and a self-timer.[2] One of them is reported as having 1/200 top speed. No picture clearly shows the shutter name but the lens markings seem to be FUJIKOGAKU Terionar 1:3.5 f=80mm on the taking lens and LYRA Terionar 1:3.5 f=80mm on the viewing lens, only the taking lens having a serial number. The taking lens marking seems to indicate that the company had not yet changed its name to Katsuma Kōgaku and the viewing lens marking is similar to the marking observed on a postwar Lyra Six.

Notes Edit

  1. McKeown, p. 456, probably after Sugiyama. This page at cites the book by Sugiyama and Naoi and says about the same.
  2. One is presented in this page at Kan's Room, another has been observed in an online auction.

Bibliography Edit

The postwar Lyraflex is not listed in Kokusan kamera no rekishi.

Links Edit

In English:

In Japanese:

In Chinese:

Fuji Kōgaku cameras (edit)
prewar and wartime models postwar models
3×4 4×6.5 subminiature 4×4 subminiature
Baby Lyra | Baby Lyra Flex | Baby Balnet Dianette | Pionette Lyravit Balnet Four Comex
4.5×6 6×6 6×9 4.5×6 6×6
Bakyna | Semi Lyra | Lyrax Lyra Six | Lyra Flex Lyra (6×9) Semi Lyra | Pioneer Lyra Six | Lyraflex
Community content is available under GFDL unless otherwise noted.