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Tower Reflex with Nikkor Q 75 3.5 lens
Old 04-09-2018   #1
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Tower Reflex with Nikkor Q 75 3.5 lens

I found this Tower Reflex TLR at a local thrift store today, and it has an unusual (to me anyway) coated Nikkor Q 75 3.5 taking lens. It also has a shutter that runs to 1/500, and a crank like a Rolleiflex to advance the film instead of the usual knob. The build quality seems very good, and there's a sports hood too. Is this a special version of a Tower TLR?

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Old 04-09-2018   #2
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It was made by Aires for Sears. The Nikkor lens is not common, this is like the holy grail of store-brand 6x6 TLR cameras. Nice find, I am a little envious.
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Wait, you said crank advance? That I have not heard of on a Sears TLR. Could you post a photo?

ETA Ooops, I see that you did. I have a friend who is an expert on Tower cameras. I will ask him.
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How is your Japanese?

http://www.tlr66.com/pqrst/tower-reflex25.php

I was right about Aires, it is a brand engineered Aires Automat.
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More info. Your camera is exceedingly rare with both the Tower label and the Nikkor lens.

http://historiccamera.com/cgi-bin/li...et&app_id=2924
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Old 04-09-2018   #6
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Thanks very much for the info. I used to have an Aires TLR w/ what I think was the same Nikkor lens, but it had a much flimsier build quality and a knob film advance. I believe they too made a model w/ a crank instead of the knob. Myself, I prefer a knob because there is less to go wrong, but this one seems to work OK.

It's time to break out the lighter fluid and spanner on mine so I can clean off the oily shutter blades. So far, that seems to be all that's wrong w/ it.
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Were there any other TLR's that used Nikkor optics ?
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Google Translate will readily translate the Japanese text from the web page.
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Were there any other TLR's that used Nikkor optics ?
Only the one that never made it off Nikon's drawing boards.

The knob winding Aires TLR was called the Airesflex Z. So it, the Automat, and Tower Reflex were the only three with Nikkor lenses.

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A very cool find indeed !
Hope you enjoy the camera.
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..... Nice find, I am a little envious.
Very nice find, I'm very envious......

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I recently nabbed a Tower Reflex just like this. I'll post a few pictures of it soon.
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Your camera will be there Saturday David. I just shipped it. Ck your eBay messages for tracking info.

I couldn't locate my lens wrench and was unable to get the lens out, so I sold it on eBay at a good price. Of course now that it's gone I wish I had kept it :]

Some lighter fluid in the shutter seems to have it firing happily from 1/25 to 1/500, and I can't remember the last time I used speeds slower than that on a TLR, so hopefully David will post some shots on the forum here after he gets it.
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Tower Reflex with the Nikkor lens is a great find at a thrift store. Looks similar to my Airesflex which also has the wind crank and 1/500s top speed. Its got the same Nikkor Q 75/3.5 lens. The contacts on the right are slightly different - the Airesflex has only one. Works reasonably so far, even the lower speeds.
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Thanks Steve. I will shoot a roll and see what's what.
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reviving this thread.
Who should I send the lens and shutter assembly to for a cla? I am in Texas.
I am not taking it apart, it is past my skills.
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reviving this thread.
Who should I send the lens and shutter assembly to for a cla? I am in Texas.
I am not taking it apart, it is past my skills.
Mark Hama would be my choice. But any competent camera repair person should be able to sort it out.

http://www.markhama.com/
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