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Microcord vintage Camera MK I, English 120 film analogue TLR camera, Ross lenses, Made in England, Postwar British photography M.P.P.

  • $22500 CAD

A good example of a vintage Microcord TLR by M.P.P (Micro Precision Products), quite possibly a converted MK I (see excerpt text below from Camera-Wiki). It has the MK I ross lenses, but also the sunken connectors and the counter that turns to zero when closed.

I never personally used this TLR camera, but it all seems in working order. The shutter and film counter work, the glass is fairly clean and without scratches. The internal works are also quite clean, but will need a bit of a dust-off before actual use. All buttons and levers move smoothly.

The outside has some minor cosmetic wear and tear, some of the leatherette is peeling at the edges (could be glued down again) and there is a tiny bit of it missing on one front screw. The is some mild deterioration on the metal, but again, this is consmetic and will not hinder the camera from functioning.

This camera will come with the original leather ever-ready case and lens shade (see last image) and the original lens protection caps.

weight: 1.2 kg


"The Microcord Mk I was manufactured in 1951 but its release was held back for the British Industries Fair of 1952. Its design was based on that of the Rolleicord; A J Dell, then in charge of photographic products for MPP had acquired a Rolleicord and taken it to pieces in order to learn from and improve upon it. The camera has a pair of 77.5mm f/3.5 Ross Xpress lenses, made by Ross to MPP's design and assembled and collimated by MPP. The taking lens has four elements, the viewing lens three. The lens performs very differently from other Ross lenses sold as Xpress.

The very earliest examples of the Microcord Mk II have the film counter return to zero when the back is opened. As this design infringed a patent of Franke and Heidecke, MPP had to change this to a design in which the counter returned to zero when the back was closed; it recalled the earliest cameras for this design change, although rare examples may remain unconverted.

MPP provided a service to convert customers' examples of the Mk I to have the new Prontor shutter, and also did other conversions, e.g. from the vulnerable external flash connections of the Mk I to the sunken connections of the Mk II. Because of this, and because only the later examples of the Mk II have the escutcheon under the taking lens marked for the shutter rather than with "Kingston on Thames" (the place of manufacture, as marked on all unaltered examples of the Mk I), the mistaken rumour has arisen that there exists a "Mk 1½".

In 1958 MPP replaced the Microcord Mk II with the Microflex.

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