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Other German TLRs

This is the page for pre- and postwar TLRs which aren't covered by a specific page in their own right. Germany produced a lot of these cameras over the years.

The sources I used most for material here are McKeown's Guide, which is generally pretty good on German camera companies' histories, and Kadlubek, which fills in some of the gaps.

If you find any errors on this page or have any camera I might be interested in, PLEASE LET ME KNOW. Click on the small "thumbnail" pictures below to go to larger ones.



Bolta-Werk made a range of rollfilm rangefinders in the 1930s under the Photavit brand, and adopted this as its business name after the war. Its Photina range of basic TLRs were also all sold as Sears Tower Reflex models in the US.

Photavit Photina

Very simple TLR with brilliant finder and simple shutter. Also sold as rebadged Sears Tower reflex in the US
Lens is Achromat 75mm f9
Shutter is unnamed 1/30 - 1/100

Photavit Photina Reflex III

Basic TLR with externally-coupled lenses. Apparently also sold as rebadged Sears Tower reflex in the US
Lens is Steinheil Cassar 75mm f3.5
Shutter is Prontor-SVS

Photavit OGA-Reflex

This is a rebadged Photina Reflex II, identical for all practical puposes to that model (although missing the Photavit badge on the lid). It was made for Obergassner of Munich, a wholesale dealer which never made cameras and seems to have been in business between about 1955 and 1970, using the OGA trade name. These seem to be rare items, and this is the only one I've ever seen; it came from Switzerland in near-mint condition.
Lens is Steinheil Cassar 75mm f3.5
Shutter is Prontor-SVS



The main TLR products of Eho-Altissa were the Altiflex series, along with a number of rebadged variants for other companies. They also produced a more upmarket, and very rare, model called the Gehaflex around 1937 - I've never seen one, but it is in McKeown's Guide. The name of the company was originally Eho from the late 'twenties, then Amca in 1940, and finally VEB Altissa after WW2. The Altiflexes were in production with a wide range of lenses and shutters from 1937 to around 1950.

The best web source of detailed information (in German) is Dr Spehr's the Altissa-Museum website.

Eho-Altissa Altiflex IH

The eighth and last variant of the series I Altiflex model, this one in quite nice condition. It has an unusual focusing arrangement by a lever on the side which rotates both lenses simultaneously. This is oOne of those rather tricky TLRs where the whole mechanism slides out of the body in order to change the film (from the front in this case).

Taking lens is Victar 75mm f4.5
Shutter unnamed 1/25 to 1/100

Eho-Altissa Altiflex 1E Meter

A slightly earlier version, but arguably the best of the series, with a rather good lens/shutter set. It is fitted with the optional extra extinction lightmeter in front of the nameplate. This model has an unusual "tacked-on" structure on the right side, designed to provide double exposure prevention. The explanation I have of how it works I have is in German and difficult to follow, but appears to involve a linkage to the red film-position window. If you know more, please email me!
Taking lens is Laack Pololyt 80mm f2.9
Shutter Compur 1 to 1/300

Eho-Altissa Altiflex II

This is a bit of an oddball. According to McKeown, the Altiflex II was not made with the Victar lens found on this one. However, it looks clearly to be a model II (it's identical to the one on Dr Spehr's website) and it certainly does have a Victar objective lens. I suspect that Eho-Altissa carried on with the model II as they always had - using whatever parts they could get at a good price, and which the buyers wanted.
Taking lens is Ludwig Victar 75mm f4.5
Shutter Compur 1 to 1/300

Foth TLRs

C F Foth & Co. made two main camera ranges in the 1930s in Berlin. The first was the common Derby medium format plate and rollfilm cameras, the second the two Foth-Flex models. A couple of other less common folders were also produced.

Foth Foth-Flex I

The Foth-Flexes have an unusual focal-plane shutter of complex design. This one is the standard model I from around 1934. The model 1 used a knob on the left side to focus using a concealed helical gear system. This one is in full working condition, but needs a little tidying to make it perfect.

Taking lens is Foth Anastigmat 75mm f4.5
Shutter cloth focal plane 1/25 to 1/500

Foth Foth-Flex I f2.5

I believe this is a pretty rare camera. The standard Foth-Flex lens is the f4.5 anastigmat as on the other two here. This one, however, is fitted with a heavyweight f2.5 lens, which I think is probably the lowest rated on any camera in my collection - even Rollei never went below f2.8, and the giant folders from Welta and Zeca are f3.5. This particular one has been well-used, and will benefit from a little careful restoration work at some point.
Taking lens is Foth Anastigmat 75mm f2.5
Shutter cloth focal plane 1/25 to 1/500

Foth Foth-Flex II

Made from 1935; a focusing lever replaced the knob on the series 1. Interestingly, Foth's eccentricity extended to making these model II cameras in different left- and right-handed versions, this one being a relatively scarce leftie.
Taking lens is Foth Anastigmat 75mm f4.5
Shutter cloth focal plane 2 to 1/500


Ising Pucky I

Solid pseudo-TLR, one of several reflex box models made with unshielded brilliant finders by Ising around 1950. In a variant form, it was sold by Bolsey in the US as the Bolseyflex (click on the picture here to see both)

Taking lens is Achromat 80mm f7.7
Shutter basic - two settings

Ising Pucky I


Mentor Mentorett

Very rare 1936 focal-plane shutter TLR; auto-film counter. Well made and solid. Nice popout viewfinder on left side, leather waist-level finder shield.

Taking lens is Meyer Trioplan 80mm f2.9
Shutter focal-plane 1/15 to 1/600

Mentor Mentorett



Another venerable German camera producer whose history is covered in detail elsewhere. The mainstay of Wirgin, both before and after the war, was its various Edixa series, but it dabbled in TLRs, all bought in from other makers. One of these - a very rare rebadged Montanus Rocca - even used the Edixa name. Most, however, are Wirgin Reflex, made by Eho and Richter (see above) and even by Craftex (USA). The latter dates from the period when the eponymous owner of Wirgin was trying to rebuild his business in 1946-7 after Nazi forced takeover in 1938-45.

Wirgin Reflex (Eho Altiflex)

Wirgin never seems to have made TLRs, but rebadged at least three other makers'. This is an Eho-Altissa Altiflex (c1940), with extinction meter over the nameplate.
Lens Rodenstock Trinar 75mm f2.9
Shutter Compur 1 to 1/250

Wirgin Reflex (Richter Reflecta)

Another rebadged TLR sold as a Wirgin (c 1940). This time it's actually another variant of the Richter Reflecta (above). A basic, but functional, item.
Lens Meyer Trioplan 73mm f3.5
Shutter Compur 1 to 1/300