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Reflecta camera. Built before WW2. Nearly eighty years old. And still alive.


When I got it for lousy ten bucks it was in a really bad condition.

The silver of the mirror was almost completely black and I could wipe it away with no problem. So, new mirror. Mea culpa, mea maxima culpa my dear Polariod fans but the mirrors of the Polaroid 600 cameras are darn good and cheap. :))) (Another one died. :D )

The viewing lens was blind. After a complete disassembly of the three elements lens and a nice cleaning it looks really good again. The same story with the taking lens. The groundglass: Ahhh, cruel. :D But a deep clean and the world appeared on it again. It seems that after all this years the simple Stelo shutter is still working. One thing left. The waste level finder. But when I found the right springs even this part will work again.

I couldn´t wait to pull a roll through this old lady. So I tried an Acros 100. Bathed in Rodinal. I would be a liar if I´d say that I wasn´t amazed. Unbelievable effect the Brillantar gives. So wonderful smooth. And of course, main thing, it swirls like hell. LOL

I think we both will have a lot of fun in the near future.


Edit: After some further research about the origin of this camera I´m not sure anymore if it´s from the thirties or the fifties. So, maybe not 80 but 60 years. Whatever. It looks like hundreds. LOL


On black is the way

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Taken on September 8, 2009