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Manufactured in Allemagne from () 1935 until () 0.
Index of rarity in France : Rare (among non-specialized garage sales)
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Bentzin Primarflex

The Curt Bentzin PRIMARFLEX is a key camera in the history of European photographic industry because it is considered as the ancestor of the Hasselblad . It is likely that Victor Hasselblad , when his father sent him to training in Dresden, had knowledge of this unit and when the Swedish government took contact with him to enhance it for military purposes , he strongly took inspiration from it .

The Primarflex is a format 6 X 6 format single-lens reflex with interchangeable lens . Launched in 1935 , it was subject many modifications before progressing strongly to give the Primarflex II that was produced until the early 50s. The model presented here is a model 1 with double finder system : reflex with extra of a Fresnel lens and sports .
It is provided with a curtain shutter providing speeds from 1 sec. to 1/1000th . The lens is an impressive Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar 13.5 cm opening to 3.5.
The distance setting is by helical screw adjustable from 1.5 m.
The weight of the set is impressive : about 1.9 kg with 900g only for the lens.
Important weak point of the device, its shutter: not only the curtain often poorly withstood the ravages of time , but the complex mechanics of the case makes it difficult to repair

Bentzin Primarflex





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