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Vintage “Uniflex I” camera produced from 1947-1950 by the Universal Camera Corporation, USA, with its original leather case. Loads of character! Described in detail below. The last photo shows some diagrams from a Uniflex I/II manual found online: http://www.cameramanuals.org/pdf_files/uniflex_i_ii.pdf . Details regarding the camera’s condition are referenced using this diagram. (There is no manual included with this camera).

This is an aluminum bodied TLR camera with black faux leather panels. Features a self cocking three element shutter with shutter speed ranging from 1/25 - 1/2000 second, a 75 mm F5.6 Universal Anastigmat taking lens, and a 75 mm F4.5 Universal Anastigmat viewing lens. Original retail was $48. Uses 120 or 620 film for 6 x 6 cm exposures.
This camera has NOT been tested with film, so I cannot make any comment as to its working condition. All of the dials, knobs, and the shutter release seem to move appropriately. The camera body is in good vintage condition, with the following notes (refer to photos and diagram above):
-There are some areas of dullness/patina on the metallic parts, as well as a few dents and scratches in the faux leather panels, as pictured.
-There is one area at the top (labeled “P-direct viewing panel” on diagram) where the faux leather panel is trying to peel up slightly at the corners.
-Where the view finder opens at the top of the camera, there is a missing pin which would have created a hinge to allow the front and back flaps (“A-reflex hood“ and “C-direct viewer“) to open simultaneously. Instead, you have to open them each separately.
-There are anchors for adding a carrying strap on either side of the top of the camera (“D”) - one of them is slightly bent inward.
-On the right side of the camera, according to the diagram in the manual (last image), there is supposed to be a “synchronizer clip” for a flash attachment (see last image “Fig. 15” and photo). Instead of a clip, there appears to be a pin-like attachment which either means that this camera pre-dates the manual, or that the camera has been modified.

The original brown leather case is designed to allow the camera to be used within the case. For example, there is a hole for the focusing knob as well as a hole which lines up with the threaded hole for a tripod at the bottom of the camera. There is a piece that screws into these threads, sandwiching the case between it and the camera, thereby anchoring the camera inside the case. The case is in fair vintage condition and could use some TLC with a shoe/leather repair expert:
-Rip along the hinged seam causing the case to be in two pieces, as shown.
-Stitches have come out of one of the seams, as show.
-One end of the carrying strap is torn and missing it’s rivet, as shown.

Dimensions including case are 6.25” tall x 5” wide x 4.75” deep. 2lbs, 6oz.

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Antique Uniflex I Camera w/ Case


  • Materials: leather, plether, faux leather, metal, aluminum, steel
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