Moogieman through a twin lens reflex


First decent pic (of me) taken with a Welta Reflekta that I picked up for £15 on ebay – perhaps because it wasn’t my finger on the shutter release. It was taken at the Catweazle club, Oxford, about a month ago (it can take time to get films developed).

I’m finding it hard to identify and date my particular model Reflekta (earlier versions were called the Reflecta). None of the photos I can find on the internet look quite like it.

For those of you who are interested, it’s a twin lens reflex (TLR), which means it has a taking lens (which focuses the image) and a viewing lens which projects the image onto a screen in the viewfinder. The two lenses are focused in sync, allowing you to adjust the focusing by eye.

TLRs can take pretty good, sharp images. Their main disadvantage, compared with the single lens reflex (SLR – which essentially superseded the TLR) is the parallax error you can get at short range, due to the different positions of the two lenses.

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