England 1953 – Compact – 35 mm – Very Rare.
The Periflex 1, crafted by K.G. Corfield, is a British 35mm camera introduced in 1953, coinciding with the Queen’s coronation event.
Its distinctive innovation was the introduction of a vertical focusing mechanism reminiscent of a submarine periscope, a feature that lent the camera its name. This ingenious solution is activated by pressing a button on the side of the vertical cylinder housing, causing a periscope to descend behind the lens. This unique function allowed precise focusing on a specific section of the image.
The Periflex stands as a visually pleasing camera, with a production count of fewer than 3000 units. The initial batch featured a brown pigskin covering, while later versions were adorned with black leatherette.