|ILFORD Ilfoflex, 1961|
Picture by Kris Lockyear, see his flickr page.
The Ilford Ilfoflex was a low cost plastic twin lens reflex style box camera, made in Hong Kong, by 'The Great Wall of China Manufacturing Company'. Equipped with a fixed focus 'Brytex' f8 lens and a shutter with I(nstantaneous) and B(ulb), the Ilfoflex took 12 pictures, 4cm square, on 127 roll film.
Bill Smith, who was Ilford's
Product Manager for cameras and accessory equipment and oversaw
the sales of the Sportsman camera range and introduction of the
Elmo cameras, recalls
that the Ilfoflex was never sold in any quantity except in the
promotional market - not via retailers. He remembers leaving
an example on a sunny windowsill of his office while away on
vacation. On his return it had transformed itself into abstract
sculpture due to the heat of the sun coming through the window!