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Ciro-flex TLR: Where Can I Have This Checked?




Umm, does anybody know where I can get this fixed / refurbished, and how much would it cost to do this? Yet another thing I inherited from my father – a Ciro-flex twin lens reflex camera. Made in the USA. Happy father’s day!

This is a working 1948 Ciroflex TLR camera that’s still in decent condition. Needs some work done with the lens but as it is, the images are workable.

By Jayvee Fernandez

Jayvee Fernandez is a tech enthusiast, EAN certified SCUBA Diver and underwater photographer based in Metro Manila, Philippines. His photos and videos have appeared in various international and local publications including Random House Germany, Discovery Channel Canada, and CNN.

12 replies on “Ciro-flex TLR: Where Can I Have This Checked?”

Hmmm. A Graflex Ciro-Flex 6×6 TLR (circa 1940).

The lens look cloudy already but I’m sure Mike Santos can find a way to clean it up. You can tell him that Jo Avila recommended him as he used to clean Jo’s cameras back in the day. Note that though the camera is more than half a century old, once fixed up it can take really wonderful photos. 🙂

You may want to check this forum out too:

if all else fails, why not venture to hidalgo…I’ve seen stores selling vintage cameras and offering to fix/clean old cameras 🙂

@Jayvee, give a vintage camera a good CLR and it will continue to give you great pictures for another half century (or as long as film is still available)! Though it doesn’t look broken, it’s wise to have it checked for light leaks and the sort. Which reminds me, my foldable 6×4 is due for it’s annual checkup by Mike’s.

@Allan, not all of the stores in Hidalgo do a good job of doing a CLR on cameras. If having it done there, it’s best to get the recommendation of a Hidalgo veteran.

Mike Santos of Picture City, Timog is highly recommended since he will honestly tell you if your camera is still worth saving or simply beyond repair. He’s had prior training with the Mamiya and Hasselblad manufacturers as well. 🙂

Also, you may want to hook up with Jay Javier as he is very much into vintage cameras. (He has a good collection of fully working russian cams.) He could give you an appraisal on how much your camera is worth (aesthetically, quality-wise and price-wise). Jo Avila, DJ and Anton Sheker know him well.


Aileen here of GMA 7 – Lovely Day. We are currently working on our story about “photography”. We are looking for a camera collector of both vintage and hi-tech cameras.

I would appreciate if you could help me on this matter. Please feel free to contact me through 0920.620.6125 or (02) 982.7777 local 1434. You may also contact my researcher, Jocelyn Sales ( 0906.497.8138 ).

Thanks in advance!


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