I've owned this for about two years. It was a Christmas present to myself. I guess that's another topic in itself.
This is a somewhat obscure camera from Zeiss Ikon. The story is that it was produced during World War II for trade with Sweden of raw materials. I'm not sure what type of raw materials, but all Internet references always say "raw materials" without further explanation.
Back to the camera. It's a twin-lens box camera that uses the famous Goerz Frontar. The Frontar is the only lens from a predecessor company of Zeiss Ikon to continue into the postwar era. While it mostly appeared on the Box Tengors, the Frontar -- an achromat -- also was on the VP127 Ikonette in the 1920s and then later on a line of very inexpensive Ikomatics in the 1960s that took 126 Instamatic cartridge film.
This particular camera came from Sweden, which is where most of the Tengoflexes still exist. The Internet and eBay, of course, have made them available elsewhere. I can say that I've never seen anyone out in public shooting with one.
Like all box cameras, it's And like the Box Tengor, on which it's based, there are selectable settings for distance and aperture, although just two rather than the three you'll see on Box Tengors that offer this feature. There are two speeds: Instant (roughly 1/25) and T.
The shutter release is on the top of the camera. I find that much easier to use than the side-mounted ones.
There's not much to using the camera. Load the film, wind to No. 1, take your photo, wind to No. 2 and so on. As far as I know, this is the only 6x6 box camera that Zeiss Ikon made. The others were rectangular format: 6x4.5 or 6x9.
The Tengoflex has a so-called brilliant viewfinder -- that is, a mirror and a giant magnifier.
There's not much more to say about the camera. My Tengoflex is in so-so condition, as you can see. This one definitely was a user. Some of the body covering is missing, as is paint on the trim and elsewhere. The lens was in good condition, but it was very dusty, as I recall.
It's an interesting camera to use, although most people probably wouldn't take it out in public because of its collector value. But I don't care about that -- I buy cameras to use them.
Here are some photos. I shot these on Agfapan APX 400. I processed in Rodinal. I don't recall the specifics, but I probably went with a 1+50 dilution. I bought 40 or 50 rolls of APX 400 when Agfa announced it was getting out of the business. I'm still sitting pretty on a nice stash.
These definitely have this "old world" feel to them, probably owing to the fact that it's a simple lens and it's uncoated.
Just a garage in an alleyway, shot from the upper floor of a parking garage.
Testing the camera's 1-3 meter setting.
A pigeon walked into the picture. He wouldn't stay still. Damn pigeon.
Bad day to be a squirrel. I found him sort of stiff, just laying there.
I don't recall the specifics. Probably around sunset.
Again, testing the 1-3 meter setting. I love the Frontar "glow."
Heck, some people pay thousands of dollars for this effect.