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The Oplenflex is a Japanese 6×6 TLR, about which little is known. Other cameras with a similar name are the Oplen Junior, perhaps a name variant of the Palma Brilliant by Goyō Shōkai, and the Oplenflex-35, a name variant of the Firstflex 35 leaf-shuttered SLR. This tends to indicate that the Oplenflex TLR is itself a rebadged version of another TLR camera, but it is not yet known which one.

See also the Oplenflex-35, name variant of the Firstflex 35.

Description Edit

Only two surviving examples of the Oplenflex TLR have been observed so far,[1] and the description is based on pictures of these.

The Oplenflex is a copy of the Rolleiflex. The front plate moves back and forth for focusing and is driven by a large knob on the photographer's left, with depth-of-field indications. The film is advanced by a folding crank on the right, and there is a round exposure counter window at the top right. There is an accessory shoe at the top left, above the focus knob. The release button is at the bottom of the front standard, and seems to have a pivoting locking lever (which is probably missing on the example pictured in this page). The PC synch socket is buried in the front standard, on the opposite side.

The name OPLENFLEX is inscribed in an oval nameplate. The word JAPAN is inscribed on the back latch. There is a logo in the accessory shoe, reading SK, STK or perhaps TSK.

The example pictured in this page has a Rektor shutter, giving B, 1–300 speeds and having a self-timer. The name REKTOR is inscribed on the speed rim. The taking lens is an Oplenon Anastigmat 8.0cm f/3.5 (no.4362), and the viewing lens is a Viewer Anastigmat 8.0cm f/3.2. Both lenses have bayonet filter attachments. The other example observed so far seems to take simple push-on filters.

Notes Edit

  1. Example pictured in this page, and example observed in an online auction.

Bibliography Edit

The Oplenflex is not listed in Sugiyama or in Kokusan kamera no rekishi.

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