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This camera is a black Bakelite bodied TLR made between the late 1940s to 1960s by the Spartus Camera Corp. Chicago, IL. It has an awesome look to it and is a really solid camera. Very nice graphics. She does have a bit of dust and grim, so if you want to try to shoot with it, it'll need to be cleaned. The shutter cocks and fires. Would be cool to mess around with and shoot some photos, perhaps? Or just tuck it on your shelf of old goodies.

This twin lens reflex has one lens for focus and viewing and one lens to take the photo. The camera makes 12 6x6cm exposures on either type 120 film or 620 film. Made in USA. The pop-up waist level viewfinder looks pretty good.

Cosmetics - Good. Needs a Cleaning, There is a chip of plastic missing on the back corner. The cover for the viewfinder is warped, but it still functions fine.
Lens - Looks ok, scratch free. Dusty.
Shutter - cocks and fires.

Where did this camera come from? I purchased this one and many others at auction from a collection from a photography store. They seemed to have been cleaned professionally at one point, but they have been sitting around for some time. I only clean the outside, leatherette and big grungy bits very gently. I do not wipe lenses, I simply dust them a bit with a soft brush. I never use compressed air to clean my cameras as that may damage them and just blows the dust around. I do not test any camera with film, but I do test their mechanics. Any small or significant issues are always disclosed.

Vintage TLR Camera SPARTUS Full Vue - Black Bakelite Body


  • Vintage item from the 1940s
  • Materials: camera, metal, glass
  • Ships worldwide from United States
  • Feedback: 8 reviews
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