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Uniflex II TLR 120/620 Format Film Camera, 1947-1950, Original Leather Case
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Description

The Universal Camera Corporation of New York was in business for only 19 years - an unusually short time in the camera world, where numerous makers have been around for a century or more, including Kodak whose dominance in the US "affordable" camera market was very likely at least partially responsible for Universal's demise. However, during that time they introduced a number of interesting cameras including two Uniflex models - the Uniflex I and its more upmarket sister the Uniflex II, both of them twin lens reflex systems.

Twin lens reflex cameras, commonly known as TLRs, feature twin objective lens, one of which is used by the viewfinder system while the other focuses light on the film and is known as the taking lens. These are usually connected via a mechanical linkage, most often cogs as seen on the famous Rolleiflex TLR models; with the lenses perfectly matched, adjusting focus through the viewfinder brings the taking lens into focus too.do things a little differently: instead of a mechanical linkage, both lens are mounted in a moving front plate which, when the focus adjustment on the side is turned, either extends or retracts to focus anywhere from 3 feet to infinity. It's a clever design with all the moving parts tucked away from that great enemy of all cameras dust, and thus on this example is still working perfectly.

Another nice feature is that both cameras can accept either 120 or 620 roll film as standard, which is great news if you're looking to actually use this camera because 120 film is still made and widely available (first introduced by Kodak in 1901, it's by far the longest-produced film format in history), whereas 620 can still be bought too (it's usually 120 re-rolled onto 620 spools) - vintage, expired films are easy to find too, and there are many photographers who seek these out for the interesting artistic effects they can yield.

The viewfinder and taking lenses are both 75mm Universal Anastigmat items; the former is f/3.8 and the latter f/4.5 (max. f/22), making them reasonably fast for the camera's era. The self-cocking shutter is also one of Universal's own and offers speeds of 1/10, 1/25, 1/50, 1/100 and 1/200 in addition to bulb and timed selected by rotating the ring around the lens; the shutter works, but the speed adjustment is faulty - sometimes it'll work properly with speeds matching those indicated, but occasionally it'll fire at a different speed and bulb only works intermittently (usually, twisting the ring through the various stops resets it so it'll work properly for a while). We don't have any 120 film to carry out a full test but, after examining it closely, there is no evidence of light leakage, nor do we have a compatible flash to check the hotshoe.

Otherwise, everything seems good: there's a little dust behind the glass but not enough to cause problems, there's no fungal growth and the glass in unmarked; the viewfinder has some specks of dust but remains very usable; the hood has a very small dent on top but both it and the optional fine-focus lens (which is another very nice feature - basically a small magnifying glass on a hinge inside the hood, allowing the user to enlarge part of the image to ensure sharp focus; there's also a foldable flap allowing the camera to be shot from eye height rather than waist height which is the normal fashion with TLR cameras) are both in fine order; the film advance/rewind is working perfectly. It's in very good order cosmetically with only a little paint loss on the top of the hood and corners of the body and no peeling to the leather (or leather effect) skin, while the metalwork around the lenses could do with a light polish; the red exposure window and its sliding shutter are both in place.

The camera is fitted with what appears to be an original woven strap. It also comes complete with the original brown leather case designed specifically for this model; this has a few scuffs but is in much better condition than most that we see, with no loose stitching, rot or other issues and the matching strap is in good order.

Specs and Details
• Made By: Universal Camera Corporation
• Model: Uniflex II
• Serial: 230867
• Type: Twin lens reflex
• Format: 120/620
• Date: 1947-1950
• Made In: USA
• Lens: Universal Anastigmat 75mm f/3.8 (viewer), Universal Anastigmat 75mm f/4.5 (taker)
• Shutter: Universal self-cocking
• Shutter Speeds: 1/10, 1/25, 1/50, 1/100, B, T
• Aperture: f/4.5, 5.6, 8, 11, 16, 22
• Features: Tripod mount, cable release socket (unknown size - it's not the standard B7104-1971 type), original leather case

Due to the nature of this item it is not always possible for us to identify any missing parts.
For this reason we ask that you please check the pictures carefully, as these show everything that is included.

This item has been very kindly donated to the Arthur Rank Hospice Charity.

Arthur Rank Hospice Charity supports people in Cambridgeshire living with an advanced serious illness or other life-limiting condition and those who need end-of-life care. Our ‘Outstanding’ services are provided free of charge to patients and their families. Our aim is to provide the highest quality care, helping them to make every moment count.

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About Arthur Rank Hospice Charity

Arthur Rank Hospice Charity supports people in Cambridgeshire living with an advanced serious illness or other life-limiting condition and those who need end-of-life care. Its ‘Outstanding’ services are provided free of charge to patients and their families. The aim is to provide the highest quality care, helping them to make every moment count.

Around 4,000 patients are cared for each year at the Hospice in Cambridge, the Alan Hudson Day Treatment Centre in Wisbech and in patients’ own homes via the Arthur Rank Community Team. This care supports people to improve their quality of life and fulfil their end of their life choices.

Alongside the care provided by the Inpatient Unit, Living Well services and Hospice at Home teams, patients can access: patient and family support; lymphoedema care; complementary therapy; medical and pain outpatient clinics; and advice from the clinical nurse specialists within the Specialist Palliative Care Home Team. Programmes are practical, holistic and tailored to the individual patient, family member or carer and may also include rehabilitative support, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and psychological support.

It will cost £10.5 million in 2021/2022 to run services, which are provided free of charge to patients and their loved ones. Contracted services from the NHS are budgeted at £6.98 million, meaning that £3.52 million needs to be raised through donations, fundraising activities and trading. The Charity is extremely grateful to the local community for the continual dedication, commitment and generosity they show in supporting towards meeting this target.